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

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Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

Teams compete for title of U.S. Army Europe’s best sappers By Spc. David Huddleston, 18th Engineer Brigade Public Affairs BAMBERG, Germany – Combat engineers from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s 54th Engineer Battalion, 9th Engineer Battalion, and 243rd Construction Management Team tested their bodies and minds in the United States Army Europe’s Best Sapper Competition Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, in Bamberg. Eight two-Soldier teams brought their engineering skills and abilities to the competition with the goal of advancing to the Army’s Best Sapper Competition in April at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. At the end of the competition, one team stood above the rest. First Lt. Marie Timm, a platoon leader with the 535th Engineer Support Company, 54th Engineer Bn., from Clarkston, Mich., and her teammate, 1st Lt. Mende Wentzel, executive officer of the 343rd Construction Management Team, 18th Engineer Bde., won the right to represent U.S. Army Europe and attempt to earn the title of best sapper in the Army. “The five-mile buddy run was the hardest event because we were smoked after the ruck march, we had not slept much or [eaten] anything, but our teamwork pulled us through,” Timm said.

Spc. Andrew Jacobs / 54th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs

Second Lt. William Harkey, of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s 54th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade, evaluates and treats a casualty at the combat lifesaver lane during the Best Sapper Competition.

A sapper is a Soldier who performs a variety of military engineering duties such as bridge-building, laying or clearing minefields, demolitions, field defenses and general construction, as well as road and airfield

Schweinfurt AVID works as team in Frankfurt By Chealsea Sias and Zackery DeHart, Schweinfurt High School SCHWEINFURT, Germany – It’s called AVID for short. It stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, and it’s not just a college prep class. AVID is a class for team building and developing connections with others. The AVID students at Schweinfurt High School have a good time while preparing for college. The AVID class here recently took a field trip to Frankfurt in hopes of building a foundation for teamwork and empathy. They visited the Palmengarten Museum, had lunch in the downtown Kleinmarkt and visited the Dialogue Museum. School secretary LaReesha Sias accompanied the students

as a chaperone on a chilly Thursday. The first stop was the Palmengarten Museum, a place well known for its beauty. Their objective was to work as a team to get the best pictures of the plants and flowers. “It was an enjoyable day with the students; the best part was the creativity the students had with their pictures,” Sias said. “It was a fun and unique experience,” said Anthony Johnson, an AVID tutor. After lunch at the Kleinmarkt, the class took its final stop at the Dialogue Museum. All of the workers at the museum are blind or have a type of visual disability. AVID class was split into groups of four to five and given a walking cane. The tour went through a forest, city, musical and (AVID, on Page 2)

construction and repair. They are also trained to serve as infantry personnel in defensive and offensive operations. “The opportunity to test ourselves, to come (SAPPERS, on Page 2)

Ansbach breaks ground on new fitness facility

Bryan Gatchell / USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

Key members involved in the construction of the new physical fitness facility set to open at Katterbach Kaserne in 2014 officially break ground on the site. The facility will feature two full-size basketball courts, new equipment, child-friendly workout area and a health drink bar. To read more on this story, see Page 4.

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(SAPPERS, from Page 1) out here and stretch the body and mind to see what we can do brought me out here,” said 1st Lt. Jonathan Janos, training officer with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 54th Eng. Bn. The competition tested Soldiers with a non-standard physical fitness test, unoccupied search with talon robot and urban breaching, a 40-question demolition exam, land navigation, a10-kilometer round robin event, a 15-mile road march and a five-mile buddy run. They also conducted sapper stakes, which consisted of an in-stride breach, cutting charge calculations, reflexive fire and individual weapon qualification. “This event has tested us all around, it tested our spirit, it tested our physical abilities, our mental abilities and there was never a time when we were not challenged,” said 2nd Lt. Christopher Wagner, platoon leader with the 541st Sapper Company, 54th Engineer Bn.

(AVID, from Page 1) bar stimuli. At one point there was an hour of blindness where everything was completely dark. “I was scared to go in the dark room, but with the assistance from my group they supported me and helped me through my fear,” said Jerrel Elders, a ninth-grade AVID student. The black room helped the students gain empathy for the blind and people who have other visual disabilities. “Our second team building field trip was a success and I was impressed with the students’ enthusiasm for the experience,” said AVID teacher, Amy Ross. “It was great to see the students working together and developing empathy for others!” Editor’s note: Chealsea Sias and Zackery DeHart are both seniors at Schweinfurt High School.

Spc. Andrew Jacobs / 54th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs

First Lt. William Harkey and 2nd Lt. Bryan Crider, of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 54th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade, construct a water impulse charge using inert demolition components at the breaching charge evaluation lane during the Best Sapper Competition.

Courtesy of Schweinfurt High School

Schweinfurt High School Culinary Arts Team, who won their second consecutive European Arts Championships, pose with members of the 7th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade command and food service teams.

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

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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 Franconian News is an unofficial publication of the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt, IMCOM-Europe and the U.S. Army authorized under the provisions of AR-360-1. Contents of The Franconian News are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or the Department of the Army. Private organizations noted in this publication are not part of the Dept. of Defense and those wishing to make an announcement must be registered. Fundraising events must be pre-approved through the MWR Financial Management Division, located in Bldg. 7107. The appearance of advertising in this publication does not constitute endorsement of the products or services advertised by the U.S. Army. All content in this publication is prepared, edited and approved by the Public Affairs Office. The PAO reserves the right to edit submissions for style, clarity or fit. Time sensitive announcements are run for a minimum of two weeks. Information is accurate at the time of publishing. If specifics change, the change will be noted in the following publication. The deadline for all Franconian News submissions is two weeks prior to the desired publication date. The Public Affairs Office is not responsible for late submissions. This publication is produced and distributed every Thursday in an electronic format and can be viewed on the U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg website at or the U.S. Army

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

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Franconia Military Community kicks off AER campaign March 1 By Heidi Sanders, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs BAMBERG, Germany – The Army Emergency Relief annual campaign will kick off March 1 and run through May 15. AER is a private, nonprofit organization established in 1942 to provide interest-free loans and grants, including scholarships, to Soldiers and their Families. Al Bonilla, director of U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg’s Army Community Service, said the loans and grants can help Soldiers and their Families who find themselves in an unforeseen, difficult financial situation. “It does serve as a good first step for people who are in financial difficulty,” Bonilla said. AER has provided more than 3.4 million Soldiers and family members with more than $1.4 billion since its inception, according to the most current AER annual report. In 2012 AER provided $76.8 million dollars in assistance to more than 59,000 Soldiers and their Families, according to Mike Rundell, USAG Schweinfurt AER officer. Eighty-nine cents of every dollar collected is spent directly on assistance programs. The theme for this year’s AER campaign is “Supporting Soldiers and their Families yesterday, today and tomorrow.” This year, USAG Bamberg hopes to raise $50,000 locally. Last year, the Bamberg community brought in $46,329, Bonilla said. In fiscal year 2012, $344,550 in loans and grants were distributed in Bamberg, Bonilla said. “The $50,000 goal is nothing compared to the amount that goes out,” said Jeffrey Card from Bamberg’s ACS. Last year, Schweinfurt benefactors gave $38,428 in contributions according to Rundell. The goal this year is to top $45,000, he said. “In 2012, AER provided $282,549 worth of assistance in the form of interest free loans to the Soldiers and Families of USAG Schweinfurt,” Rundell said. “We also gave out another $26,660 in grants, for a total assistance to USAG Schweinfurt Soldiers and Families of $309,209.” In 2012, AER provided $232,924 to

Nathan Van Schaik / USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

The annual Army Emergency Relief fundraising campaign runs March 1-May 5. Donations can be made through unit representatives or online at

Soldiers and Families of USAG Ansbach. According to Thomas Weissenberger, the program raised $28,000 last year. Proceeds generated from a Feb. 22 hockey match between the Schweinfurt Mighty Ducks and EV Regensburg will go toward the AER campaign, Rundell said. That match begins at 8 p.m. and is open to the public at the Ice Dome near Yorktown Village. Anyone can donate to the campaign; however, Soldiers are the main contributors. Each company or battalion on post will have an AER representative that will collect the donations. All contributions are fully tax deductible. Donations cannot be made toward AER as a part of the Combined Federal Campaign because AER is a military program strictly funded by Soldiers and civilian donations.

Army exploring ‘human dimension’ WASHINGTON – The lack of an appropriations bill coupled with sequestration could eventually translate to Soldiers being delayed in their redeployment home from Afghanistan, the Army’s chief of staff said. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, speaking at the Brookings Institution Friday in Washington, D.C., explained that replacement forces to Afghanistan in 2014 could be affected by a shortage of training dollars and be forced to delay their deployment. The Department of Defense has already agreed to nearly $800 billion in cuts ... To read more, click here.

Soldiers can set up an allotment to come out of their monthly pay. Donations also can be made by check or credit card. AER plans campaign kick-off ceremonies at USAG Ansbach March 5 at Katterbach Theater at at 10 a.m. and Illesheim Theater at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.aerhq. org. In Bamberg, call Army Community Service at call 0951-300-7777. In Schweinfurt, contact Mike Rundell at 0972196-7071, or visit Schweinfurt’s AER website, acs/aer.htm. At USAG Ansbach, call Thomas Weissenberger at 09802-83-2064. Additional information for this article was provided by Nathan Van Schaik, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs, and Bryan Gatchell, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs.

MOH nominee Romesha talks life after Army

FORT DETRICK, Md. – The tongue is an amazing organ. Thousands of nerve fibers in it help us eat, drink and swallow. Without them, we would not taste. The tongue helps us speak. Quietly, its surface defends our bodies from germs. Yet for everything the tongue can do, perhaps one of its most exciting roles is to serve as a direct “gateway” to the brain through thousands of nerve endings. Now researchers at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command in collaboration with ... To learn more, click here.

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USAG Ansbach breaks ground on $12.5 million fitness center

By Stephen Baack and Bryan Gatchell, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs KATTERBACH, Germany – In yet another step in modernizing U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach quality-of-life facilities, community members broke ground during a Feb. 20 ceremony for the new Katterbach Fitness Center. The development follows the opening of the new Ansbach Commissary, Exchange mall and Army Lodge at Urlas, an installation a few kilometers from Katterbach Kaserne. All three facilities opened in the last year at Urlas, with the latest being the new Ansbach Commissary, which opened earlier this month. “In our times of economic austerity – a new groundbreaking?” said Kevin Griess, deputy garrison commander of USAG Ansbach. “That demonstrates the Army’s commitment to Soldiers and their families. I don’t know what could be better than that, specifically here on the ground to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade.” And like the new commissary, the Katterbach Fitness Center is replacing an existing facility that was first built as a hangar in the 1930s. As such, the current fitness center is compartmentalized and the current building’s water pipes were not designed for the number of patrons who now use it. Providing enough hot water is an ongoing issue. “We’re replacing a 75-yearold facility. Seventy-five years is a long time to wait for a new one,” said Griess. “We’re going to break ground on a wonderful, state-of-the-art facility. Twelve million dollars, 44,000 square feet, and I actually hear a rumor there is going to be hot water in it.” The new facility is scheduled to open in September 2014 and will cost $12.5 million. It’s set to feature two full-size basketball courts, new fitness equipment, a health drink bar and a childfriendly workout area. “The Ansbach community has been anxiously awaiting this project for many years,” said

Dan Riley, the director of USAG Ansbach’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. “This new fitness center represents FMWR’s, as well as the Army’s, commitment to providing its Soldiers, families, civilians, retirees and other authorized users with top-notch facilities and programs they so richly deserve.” “I’m happy to see that you are getting a new state-of-the-art facility,” said Lt. Col. Michelle Garcia, deputy commander of the Europe District of the Army Corps of Engineers. “We are happy to be one of the partners bringing that to you today.” Griess thanked the Corps of Engineers, Directorate of Public Works, leadership of Family and MWR and the Europe Region of Installation Management Command. “More importantly, I’d like to thank the Soldiers this is for and their families,” said Griess. “This is a commitment on Soldier fitness and readiness so the best can prepare to go downrange.” Before the ceremony, Soldiers demonstrated physical prowess through tire flips and tire runs. After the ceremony the crowd gathered in the Katterbach Bowling Alley for cake, pizza and healthy fruits.

Sgt. Richard Bau performs a tire flip prior to the Feb. 20 groundbreaking of the new physical fitness facility at Katterbach Kaserne.

Lt. Col. Michelle Garcia, deputy commander of the Europe District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presents Kevin Griess, deputy commander of USAG Ansbach, with a plaque Feb. 20 commemorating the groundbreaking of the new physical fitness facility at Katterbach Kaserne, set to open in 2014.

Photos by Bryan Gatchell / USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

Sgt. Joshua Ramey runs through a row of tires before the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Physical Fitness Facility at Katterbach Kaserne Feb. 20. The new facility is set to open in 2014.

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Web-based tools prepare Families for relocation By Jessica Lipari, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs BAMBERG, Germany – Time to move again? Relocation can be a high-stress time for even the most well-organized family. Frequent moves are a reality for most military Families. Soldiers and their Families move twice as much as the national average and to locations all across the globe, said Jeffrey Card, Relocation Readiness Program manager. Army Community Services provides multiple resources to aid Soldiers and Family members with their relocation. “The key to a successful move is preparation, so our focus is to make sure those individuals transitioning out of the community are aware of the resources at their disposal,” Card said. “Our primary focus

on newcomers is getting them integrated into the community and functioning effectively in the shortest possible time.” In conjunction with the RRP, web-based tools are available to help reduce stress and provide resources 24/7, he said. These tools allow people who are transitioning to research and plan their move, which can be tailored to the needs of the user. The website Plan My Move is convenient and detailed, he said. The user enters their current duty station, where they are being reassigned and their departure date. From there, the web-based tool provides users with a moving planning calendar and allows them to take control of their move. The calendar provides a three-month outlook prior to their departure date and walks users through the day-to-day process.

Top ten things to consider when relocating By Jeffrey Card, Relocation Readiness Program manager 1. Plan for pets: Not every pet can go everywhere and they may require special and pricy arrangements. Contact the installation’s local veterinary clinic. For more information call, 0951-300-7972. 2. Make an inventory of household goods: Not having thorough documentation of household goods will impair the ability to file a claim in the case of loss or damaged items. 3. Hand carry critical items: Packing medication, glasses and copies of documents can become a major inconvenience or health hazard.

Each task on the calendar provides a hyperlink to more detailed information for that task and the calendar is customizable to suit each user’s needs. Users can also print checklists for travelling and documents to hand-carry, along with important telephone numbers. Links through Plan My Move will direct users to, which is a Defense Personal Property System that was created to manage service members’ household good moves. Benefits of this system include selfcounseling and submittal of applications online, tracking shipments and filing a claim online to settle directly with the moving company. “People like to know about the area they’re moving to: the schools and childcare; housing availability and employment for their spouses,” Card said. A website called Military Installations provides detailed information on the installation, contacts, photos, unit contacts and local community information. One can create a customized installation booklet to have readily available with information specific for their family needs. Army Housing Online User Services provides information

on housing. Community members can view floor plans for on-post housing, calculate the basic allowance for housing or overseas housing allowance, and view their position on the waiting list for on-post housing. General information is provided for offpost housing estimated costs as well as links to direct the user to other sources of information. “Use the Relocation Readiness page from the U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg website; it includes links to all the websites discussed and more,” said Card. “The page provides one-stop shopping solutions for relocating families.” To learn more visit the following sites: • Plan My Move: http://apps. m h f . d o d . m i l / p l s / p s g p ro d / f?p=PMM:ENTRY:0 • Military Installations: www. • • Army Housing Online User Services: mil/ah • USAG Bamberg Relocation Readiness: www.bamberg. acs/rr.asp • Military One Source: www. • Army Career and Alumni Program:

4. Contact important offices prior to arrival: There may be waiting lists for several services; get on them prior to arriving. Phone numbers can be found in the installations phone book. 5. Have a sponsor: Sponsors provide newcomers with critical guidance, transportation, communication and moral support. 6. Create a financial plan: Unanticipated costs associated with a move can present a major financial burden to relocating families. 7. Start passport/visa/immigration paperwork in time: Paperwork needs to be started at least 120 days prior to a travel date. 8. Don’t move family without proper travel orders: Expenses for family members brought over without approval will have to be paid out of the Soldier’s pocket. 9. Get properly Exceptional Family Members Program screened: The screening process is important to receive command sponsorship as well as to ensure the installation can accommodate their unique needs. 10. Don’t move family without command sponsorship: Moving family without command sponsorship creates a big out-of-pocket expense and family members will not be entitled to logistical support or access to critical services.

Lance Cpl. Joyane Henry / Army News Service

A military Family packs its household goods in preparation for a relocation.

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Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

Beyond Borders: Senior NCO takes on unique mentorship role in Afghanistan

By Staff Sgt. Lynne Lantin, NTM-A/DCOM-SPO Public Affairs KABUL, Afghanistan – A 21st Theater Sustainment Command sergeant major , who has deployed with the 16th Sustainment Brigade, headquartered in Bamberg, has taken a mentorship role with the first Afghan National Police female graduate of the Kabul Military Training Center’s Sergeants Major Academy. Sgt. Maj. Donna King, an automated logistics specialist and operations sergeant major for the Deputy Command-Support Operations, NATO Training Mission Afghanistan, met Afghan Sgt. Maj. Maryam Tabish at the KMTC graduation ceremony at the end of last year. The two spoke briefly, took a few photos together and began not only an enduring peer mentorship, but also a friendship. “At our first meeting, she and I discussed several topics, and we bonded instantly,” King said. “Despite the vast cultural, behavioral and lingual differences, we found that we are very similar in many ways. I made myself available for her and she gladly accepted me as her mentor.” The pair discussed everything from career to family and discovered that, despite their differences, they are very much the same. “We talked about our families and found that we both come from a family of nine siblings and that we are both very family oriented,” King said. “I shared with her how I value hard work and education, which is also important to her as well. She soldiers during the day and goes to school at night; at one point in my career, I did the same. I discovered that she had some of the same hopes and dreams that I do as a woman and also as a leader.” Speaking to other Afghan women about their concerns and struggles, King said, some have expressed that their family members do not want them to have anything to do with the military, while others’ husbands and family members are encouraging and supportive. Tabish’s fiancée, she said, is very supportive of her having a career. King meets Tabish at least once a week and says mentorship is critical to the success of her development and Afghanistan’s future. “Throughout my military career, I have had several mentors,” King said. “I realized early on, there was no way that I could have made it on my own. Everybody needs somebody, which is why I reached out to her and plan to continue to make myself available for her.” A different country, army, language and culture don’t intimidate King when it comes to mentoring Soldiers. It’s a part of who she

Staff Sgt. Lynne Lantin / DCOM-SPO/NTM-A Public Affairs

Sgt. Maj. Donna King, the Deputy Command-Support Operations, NATO Training Mission Afghanistan’s operations sergeant major and a native of Monticello, Ark., shares photos with the first Afghan National Army females to graduate from Regional Military Training Center-West following their graduation ceremony on Camp Zafar, Herat, Afghanistan on Jan. 23.

is, she said. “Mentoring is in my heart,” she said. “I know that no one can make it in this world without some form of mentorship. If given the opportunity, I will without hesitation, serve as a mentor for other Afghan women to allow them to see the hope within themselves and help preserve the opportunities for them to contribute to a better future.” King said she hopes women will continue to play a role in Afghanistan’s future and reach out to help other women accomplish their goals. “Many of the women have come to expect the right to an education, the freedom to choose their future and the opportunity to get good jobs,” King said. “I only hope in the years to come, after 2014, this type of critical work can continue.” King was also asked to be guest speaker

at the recent ceremony for the first Afghan National Army females to graduate from Regional Military Training Center-West in Herat Jan. 23. They were the first females to graduate from an ANA training center other than Kabul Military Training Center, marking the signs of progress for women in Afghanistan. Making a difference, King said, is what’s important to her and she hopes that one day the women of Afghanistan will have more opportunities. “Women are valuable and irreplaceable resources; if we expect for this country to continue to grow and prosper, they must be included,” said King. “If I could just bring about a change in one Afghan woman’s life or job performance through mentoring, I will have accomplished my goal personally as well as professionally.”

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Army awards Schweinfurt employees for length of service By Nathan Van Schaik, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs SCHWEINFURT, Germany – Jogging the distance from here to Mars will take you roughly 3,400 years – or about the total time Schweinfurt’s most veteran employees have worked for the U.S. military. One hundred and thirteen German and American garrison employees were honored for 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service to the U.S. Army in a ceremony and luncheon here, Feb. 8, held in the Conn Club. “Well, it’s been quite a year. Through it all your commitment never wavered,” began Garrison Commander, Lt. Col. Michael Runey, in opening remarks. “On behalf of the Schweinfurt Military Community, I would like to personally add our expression of appreciation to each honoree for your sincere and devoted efforts,” said Runey. Schweinfurt’s Lord Mayor, Sebastian Remelé, and County Commissioner, Florian Töpper, were also in attendance. Mr. Töpper, who recently replaced the incumbent Harald Leitherer, has only been in office since Feb. 1. Both men delivered remarks to honor and thank Schweinfurt’s dedicated employees. In all, Schweinfurt’s honored employees have totaled 3,381 years of service to the U.S. Army. Those with 25 years of service include Jonathon Amick, Friedrich Berchtold, Ronald Crasser, Manfred Döhner, Duane Fauntleroy, Rainer Fidanza, Harald Fuchs, Harold Guyette, Susanne Hessler, Doris Hohenhaus-Connolly, Susanne Hollwich, Ingo Jung, Anthony Killen, Michael Müller, Roland Müller, Jürgen Öhrlein, Karin Quaas, Stefan Schächer, Barbara Schneider, Angelita Streets, Joachim Thomaier, Bruno Unser, Bernd Volk, Clarence Walton Beate Williams, Thomas Woditsch and Albrecht Zölfel. Those with 30 years of service include Larry Baricuatro, Patrizia Bassignana, Andreas Binder, Michael Böhm, Dierk Bohlender, Gert Brandt, Wolfgang Braun, Manfred

Nathan Van Schaik / USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

From left, Schweinfurt’s Command Sergeant Major Eric Gordon; Acting Deputy Garrison Commander, Brian Adkins; Health Clinic Commander, Lt. Col. Chadwick Bowers; Garrison Commander, Michael Runey; 40-year employees Paul Singerhouse, Doris Schmieden, Friedrich Wiebusch and Franz Spielberger; Schweinfurt Lord Mayor, Sebastian Remelé; Schweinfurt County Commissioner, Florian Töpper and Works Council Chairman, Michael Dörfer. More than a hundred USAG Schweinfurt employees were honored, Feb. 8, for their 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of employment.

Brunner, Frank Drexler, Sylvia Eberhorn, Klaus-Dieter Finster, Achim Friedrich, Wolfgang Fröhling, Norbert Gerberich, Klaus Graber, Susanne Gräf, Kevin Griess, Heike Günther, Werner Hartung, Manfred Hassfurther, Dieter Heckner, Uwe Heimrich, Sylvia Hellmann, Robert Hetz, Werner Humm, Rainer Kamm, Andreas Kilian, Jutta Kirchschlager, Manfred Klernt, Reinhard Köhler, Ludwig König, Peter König, Ude Lahr, Christiane Leavitt, Ingrid Maloy, Georg Maurer, Rudolf Menig, Eveline Mika, Albrecht Mock, Bernhard Morber, Klaus-Peter Otter, Wilhelm Pawlik, Susanne Pfister, Helmut Römmelt, Detlef Rosentritt, Gert Saar, Hilmar Seifert, Hannelor Söder, Joachim Sonntag, Walter Spiegel, Falk Stäuben, Georg Stöcker, Juan Villalon, Michael Weller, FranzJosef Weth, Karl Wilzan, Hans Wirth, Erwin Wömer, Hans Wolf, Dieter Zembsch and Uwe Ziegler. Those with 35 years of service include Helmuth Brembs, David Coldwell, Vern Croley, Harald Faulstich, Jürgen Gramm, Wolfgang Horn, Edwin Katzenberger, Josef Kippes, Heinz Kittner, Ludwig Mauder, Udo Mock,

Petra Müller, Reinhold Osswald, Stefanie Ost, Orlando RiveraColon, Rosemarie Sieggreen, Brigitte von Doehren, Ludwig Weigand, Christine Willis and Ute Zipperer.

Those with 40 years of service include Marianne Schaub, Doris Schmieden, Paul Singerhouse, Franz Spielberger and Friedrich Wiebusch.

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Welcome Home, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team! Feb. 15, Freedom Fitness Facility, Bamberg

Photos by Heidi Sanders, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs

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USAG Ansbach community members served extra rare: Blood program visits Katterbach Physical Fitness Center By Bryan Gatchell, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs ANSBACH, Germany – Blood is life. The heart pumps, and it is through blood that oxygen replenishes the body. The heart pumps, and it is through blood that carbon dioxide and other chemical wastes are channeled out of the body. It is through blood precious nutrients reach the organs and muscles. It is through the blood that a stable core temperature is kept. It is through blood the body builds and rebuilds itself. And it is through blood that hospitals keep their patients alive, which makes the bodily fluid so precious. Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach arranged for the Armed Services Blood Program to visit Katterbach Physical Fitness Center Feb. 20. “It’s all about giving,” said Spc. Shellan Francois, BOSS president at USAG Ansbach. “There may be a child in need, or one of us may get hurt or injured and our Family member can’t support us – they [may] not have the right match. … Everyday someone’s in need of that one quart or that one pint of blood.” “If we don’t do it, nobody else is going to do it for us,” said Sgt. Kevin Andre Garcia, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, USAG Ansbach. “This blood is from the military, for the military,” Sgt. Haley Hilderbrand, a medical technician with ASBP. “You’re saving Soldiers’ lives, Soldiers’ Family members’ lives.” Throughout the basketball court, stations were set up in a clockwise sequence. At the first station, donors signed in and grabbed a folder. At the second station, donors answered preliminary questions as ASBP blood technicians looked them up in the database. At the third station, technicians asked donors a series of questions to assess eligibility to donate. Medical history is discussed at this station. Colds, influenza,

immune deficiencies, pregnancy, immunizations and surgeries might result in deferral of donation. Geography and the risk of contracting illnesses while visiting certain countries can result in deferrals both temporary and permanent. Due to the possibility of having contracted Creutzfeldt-Jakobs disease, better known as mad cow disease, people who have lived in Europe for certain lengths of time may not be able to donate. Soldiers who have returned from Southwest Asia may also be ineligible for several months. “Unfortunately, due to the redeployment, not too many people can give blood right now,” said Darlene Hines, an adviser to BOSS. “It’s a great opportunity for someone who can give blood.” “I am able to [donate], and not everybody is able to,” said Laura Irick, Army family member. “Not everyone is healthy and can provide healthy blood. And there’s a need for it.” At the fourth station, blood pressure and iron levels are checked to make sure that the donor is fit enough at that time to donate. “Have a good meal,” Hilderbrand recommends to potential donors before they donate. Being well hydrated and well fed can mean the difference between a life-giving and a lifedraining experience. If it is determined donors are fit to give, they grab a bag at the fifth station and take it to the sixth station where the blood is drawn. After several minutes reclined as blood pumps into a bag, which a machine rocks back and forth beneath the seat, the needle is extracted, the vein is gauzed and wrapped, and the donor, only one pint poorer, makes his way to the seventh station. There high-sugar drinks and snacks are available. Donors should wait there to ensure they are physically well enough to drive or walk home. In the following hours, donors should drink lots of liquids, leave their bandages on and avoid heavy lifting. Donors should also

Photos by Bryan Gatchell / USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

Above: Sgt. Haley Hilderbrand, a medical technician with the Armed Services Blood Program, draws blood from a donor at Katterbach Physical Fitness Center Feb. 20 during a blood drive. Below: Megan Krape, a medical technician with the Armed Services Blood Program, explains to Sgt. Kevin Andre Garcia, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, what he should do to properly take care of himself for the 24 hours after donation. ASBP visited USAG Ansbach Feb. 20. They are scheduled to visit USAG Bamberg May 7 and USAG Schweinfurt May 8.

not exercise or perform other strenuous activities for a full 24 hours. If donors get a cold or flu in the next two weeks, they should call the blood donation center. ASBP is scheduled to hold a drive at USAG Bamberg May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Basics Building, Bldg. 7011, and at the Freedom Fitness Center, Bldg. 7680. ASBP will be at USAG Schweinfurt at the Finney Fitness Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8. To learn more, visit www.

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Schweinfurt cook named Culinary Soldier of the Year By Spc. Latoya Dallas, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs SCHWEINFURT, Germany – When Spc. Yekra O. Pekacar found out that he’d been passed up to participate in the most prestigious competition among Army cooks in 2011, he wasn’t dismayed. “That pushed me even more,” he said. “I need to win this because I’m not coming back here in only second place.” This past September, the Turkey native and 72nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion Soldier went on to earn the 2012 U.S. Army-Europe Culinary Soldier of the Year competition held at the Weisbaden Army Airfield dining facility. Pekacar’s achievements are stunning. He graduated high school at the age of 14. He went on to earn a degree at age 17, again at age 21 and then went on to earn a third one at 25 for good measure. And, measuring in at six feet, eight inches, he played for Turkey’s National Basketball Team. “When I couldn’t find any more challenges in the civilian sector, I started in a different place (the Army). I enjoy moving up ranks and I’ve never lost a board yet. I’m always thinking about what’s next,” Pekacar said. Spc. Pekacar enlisted in the Army in 2008 and has since deployed twice. If his hulking frame didn’t stand out, his leadership and dedication to providing Soldiers exceptional food service certainly did. Upon his arrival to Schweinfurt, staff with the Conn dining facility assigned him to two positions reserved for non-commissioned officers. Pekacar credits his culinary success at the USAREUR Culinary Soldier/NCO of the Year Competition to his NCO, Sgt. Doland Rogers, who he says helped prepare him for the board. “As soon as I’d finished the board, I had already known that I’d won. I was not surprised because I’d studied for two years,” Pekacar said. But it was an itching desire to success that likely drove him.

Spc. Latoya Dallas / USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

Garrison Commander, Lt. Col. Michael Runey, speaks with garrison dining staff. “Every single thing cooking entails is an art form,” says Spc. Yekra O. Pekacar, back left, a Schweinfurt Soldier assigned to the 72nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion and recent winner of the USAREUR Culinary Soldier/NCO of the Year.

In 2011, Pekacar tried to compete in the Culinary Soldier/ NCO of the Year, but was passed up by his best friend, who went on to place second. It was nothing to fret about, though. Pekacar knew his battle buddy was more ready than he was. Besides, the pass over would give Pekacar an additional year to study for the competition and the momentum he needed to place first this year. The USAREUR Culinary Soldier/NCO of the Year Competition recognizes both NCOs and Soldiers of lower rank. The competition’s memorandum basically looks like that of a Soldier of the Month or Promotion Board memo. The Culinary Soldier/ NCO of the Year Competition, however, goes further. Soldiers, for example, must taste and identify spices on a rack, all the while enduring an intensive class-A uniform inspection. Board members even scrutinize the Soldiers’ facing movements while they recite creeds and biographies at each turn. Spc. Yekra O. Pekacar sat down to reflect on what it means to be an American Soldier: “I

would die for anyone of you. I like the idea of what the military stands for. I like liberty.” ..and reflect on his latest achievement. What is your philosophy on being the top culinary Soldier? “I see everything as a challenge. When I look at it, I always have a projection that I go with. I might have done this or that today, but tomorrow I will learn and do something further or more than what I’ve already done. I keep asking questions and I keep challenging the status quo. “Most importantly, I am a Soldier with deployment experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. So, you always need to be ready for the unexpected.” Is cooking an aspiration of yours? “It’s a part of art. Every single thing cooking entails is an art form — measuring temperatures, brushing meats. If you blend colors or stroke the brush imprecisely, the artwork will come out wrong. Cooking works the same way. If you put one thing in wrong or extra, the dish comes out wrong. “Also, it’s a positive challenge

being a cook for the Army because you’re not just cooking for five or 10 people, but for 300 people and expected to give an exceptional result every time. “Not to mention the enlistment bonus,” he said, laughing. “But yeah, I love cooking and I enlisted to be a 92G (Food Specialist).” What is your next conquest? “I go to the Promotion Board next month. So, I would like to compete for Culinary NCO of the Year.” What words of wisdom do you have for the Soldier who desires to enter any type of board? “Don’t take it personal those who challenge you or question your work. Use them to improve yourself. Actually go and read the regulation or learn about whatever they are challenging you with. In the long run, you begin to learn it. “Don’t be discouraged when you’re passed up for the board. I didn’t. I just studied for another year. Just always be ready to go to a board.” Editor’s note: This article was written in 2012. Spc. Yekra O. Pekacar is no longer stationed in Schweinfurt.

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USAG Ansbach welcomes home 2nd Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment Photos by Thomas B. Hamilton III, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

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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:// DLA Disposition Services Sites Closure DLA Disposition Services Sites in Schweinfurt and Grafenwoehr will be closed now through 22 to train site staff on a new enterprise-wide operating system. Sites will re-open Feb. 25 for property turn-in. Reutilization, Transfer, Donation and Hazardous Waste Disposal services will resume March 4. For any urgent matters during the closure period, the site team can be contacted at 09721-968277 in Schweinfurt or 09641-83-6384 in Grafenwoehr. 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. CID Seeks Qualified Soldiers The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as CID, is recruiting qualified Soldiers who are interested in pursuing a career as a federal law enforcement officer. For more information, visit www.cid. Army Suggestion Program The Army Suggestion Program encourages Soldiers, civilians and any concerned individuals to submit ideas regarding how the Army can increase efficiency and cut costs. Approved suggestions are assessed on how much they save the Army and can earn individuals thousands of dollars. For more information, or to submit an idea, Army Knowledge Online registered users can visit the ASP website at Those unable to access AKO can submit a DA Form 1045 to their installation coordinator.

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Recycling Idea Don’t throw that bottle away! Use an empty soda or water bottle to refill at the water fountain. You’ll make less trips there and save time.

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 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://

Eligibility Reporting System information is updated. See Post-9/11 GI Bill Take advantage of your military benefits. Earn a degree or the ID card section to update your DEERS information. 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. Pre-Separation Briefing Planning to move from Soldier to civilian? Take advantage of the transition services offered by the Army Career and Alumni Program, such as a Department of Labor two-anda-half-day job assistance workshop, resume preparation assistance and information about veterans benefits. Make an appointment to attend the mandatory ACAP PreSeparation Briefing offered weekly and about an hour long. Separating Soldiers can start the ACAP process one year before separating. Soldiers who will be retiring can start two years out from their projected retirement date.

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. Trial Defense Services If you’re a Soldier and you are questioned by law Register today at To learn more, enforcement, Criminal Investigation Division or members visit of your command about suspected acts of misconduct, you have the absolute right to remain silent. You have DEERS Validation the right to refuse to answer any question, even from Soldiers are responsible for ensuring Defense Enrollment 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 winner receives $1,000. To learn more, visit www.vfw. org/Community/Scout-of-the-Year-Scholarship.

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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 in 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 09802-832324 and Storck Tax Center at DSN 467-4511 or 09841-834511.

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 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 than 30 people. The Eagle’s Nest is open to all community members. To learn more, call 09811-837848 or email Movie Night Enjoy a movie free at the Storck Library every Friday at 3 p.m. To learn more, call 09841-83-4675. 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.

Praxis test The next test date for the Praxis series of tests, which measure teacher candidates’ knowledge and skills for licensing and certification processes, for the Education Center on Katterbach Kaserne will be April 12. The deadline to request an exam is Feb. 26. To learn more, call DSN 467-2730 or 09802-93-2730.

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.

Volunteers needed at Arts & Crafts Seeking volunteer and contract teachers one to two times per month for sewing, cake decoration, general crafts and more. Open to all ID cardholders. No experience needed – just a happy personality and a creative idea to share. Send an 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 09841-83-4555.

ISCC Thrift Shop Needs Volunteers Looking for a fun and rewarding way to help others and 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

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Aerobic Fitness Classes: The Katterbach Physical Fitness Center has added evening classes for after-work customers, including Power Yoga, beginning February every Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m., circuit training, beginning February every Thursday from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., Indoor Cycling/Spin classes Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and Fridays at 6 p.m. Personal Training There will be another personal Trainer at Storck Physical Fitness Center starting from February.

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FRG Child Care Night Child care is available for mission-related Family readiness Resurfacing of B-14 group meetings on the second and fourth Wednesday of Resurfacing is ongoing for state road B-14 along Urlas each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To learn more, call and Shipton Kaserne. The speed limit is reduced to Parent Central Services at 09841-83-4880 or 09802-8350 kilometers per hour. Access and exit to and from 2533. Obereichenbach will remain the same. During phase one, two lanes going toward Katterbach will be resurfaced. Entering from Katterbach and exiting toward Ansbach will remain possible. There will be a detour exiting toward Katterbach and entering from Ansbach, offering two possibilities to turn around: One at Hotel Windmühle and one at Obereichenbach. During phase two, two lanes 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 Soldiers Lake. The detour for exiting toward Katterbach and entering from Ansbach will remain in place.

Sports, Health and Fitness 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. Basketball The USAG Ansbach intramural basketball games take place at Katterbach Physical Fitness Center from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Games are played Thursdays. The final game will be played on Feb. 28 at Katterbach PFC. On this night, the 2012 Eagle Cup will also be given out to the winning Unit.

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Page 14 Please also ensure neighbors are aware of the purpose of these containers. If these containers are continued to be misused, the respective contractor will be unable to continue to provide this service. Safety Training and Information The U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Safety Office recommends this website containing many safety topics, in both English and German, which can be used for information and training in your organization throughout the year. As time goes by, more will be added, but there is a vast volume of workplace and off-duty subjects; including videos and slide shows. Reserve Space Did you know you can use the Von Steuben Community Activity Center at Bismarck Kaserne for your official Family readiness group meeting, unit meeting or official use training conference area? The space is available for no cost for official usage Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call for reservations today at 0980283-2930, or stop by the concierge in the Von Steuben Community Activity Center.

Java Time Come to Java Cafe for warm drinks and free Internet access at Storck Barracks’ Bowling Center. The cafe is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cafe is now open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more Ansbach Girl Scouts What is green, almost 100 years old and hip and cool as information, call 09841-83-4530. ever? Girl Scouts! Be a part of the adventure and fun that is Girl Scouts. Any girls kindergarten through 12th grade Spouses and Civilians’ Club are welcome. To join or learn more, email gsansbach@ The Ansbach Spouses and Civilians’ Club is a great way to meet people, develop new interests and get involved or call 0151-445-12471. with your community. For more information, email Weekly Reminders Safety Hazard on B-13 A safety hazard exists on B-13 between Ansbach and Illesheim north of Oberdachstetten, where there is a steep decline that goes under a railroad overpass. One lane of traffic goes down the hill and two lanes of traffic go up the hill. Do not pass.

Taxi Service Ask for a driver with a U.S. installation pass and provide the following information: pickup point, number of passengers, destination, name and number, and time of pickup. If traveling to the airport, notify the driver of number of passengers and bags. For a taxi in the Ansbach area, call 0981-5005 or 0981-19410; in Illesheim, call 09841-7200.

Pet Reminder Remember that all pets at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach installations need to be on leashes when outside. Also, pick Ansbach Veterinary Clinic The Veterinary Clinic is open Monday through Thursday up after your pets. from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. The clinic is closed on federal and training holidays. For more Used Clothes and Shoes Container We need your help! The used clothes and shoes containers information, call 09802-83-3179.

are provided to the community at no cost. Unfortunately, they are often mistreated as garbage bins. Please be sure Deployment Specials that only clothes and shoes are placed in these containers. Ansbach Arts and Crafts team has you covered. Place orders now and save and avoid rush fees. Located at Barton Barracks and open Monday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 0981-1837627. Spring sports registration Sign up now through the end of February at Parent Central Services to get your child enrolled in spring sports. Sports include developmental T-ball for ages 3 to 5 years old, T-ball for children 6 to 7 years old, coach-pitched baseball for ages 8 to 9 years old, baseball for children 10 to 15 years old, bowling for children 8 to 15 years old and track and field for children ages 8 to 15 years old. To learn more, call Child and Youth Services at 468-7866 or 467-4849. Parent’s Day Out Do you need a break from the kids? Let Child, Youth and School Services help out for a day. CYSS presents Parent’s Day Out. CYSS will help out with your children from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23, June 22, Oct. 12 and Dec. 14 at Katterbach Child Development Center/School Age Center and May 18 and Sept. 28 at Storck CDC/SAC. To learn more or to register, call 09802-83-2533 or DSN 467-2533 or 09841-83-4880 or DSN 467-4880.

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28 - Financial Planning for PCS; March 1 - Planning for Major Purchases. For more information or to schedule a group class or individual counseling, call Maurice Cochrane at 0951-300-9190 or emai maurice.d.cochrane.

Single Soldier Supper CYSS Parent Advisory Council There will be a Single Solider Supper at 5:30 p.m. at the The Child, Youth and School Services Parent Advisory Bamberg Community Chapel Feb. 25, March 25, April 22, Council will have a meeting at noon Feb. 21 in the Yellow May 20 and June 24. Single Soldiers are invited to enjoy a Ribbon Room. Lunch will be provided. free, home-cooked meal. For more information or to help with the supper, call Matt and Tina Huisjen at 09502-8037. Bamberg Lodging Furniture Sale The Bamberg Inn will host a furniture sale from 9 a.m. to Claim Lost or Stolen Property 2 p.m. April 17. The special sale is open to ID cardholders If you have lost or stolen items that have been missing for only. Items for sale will include bedroom furniture, twin the last six months, visit the Military Police Station to see and queen size mattresses, and box springs, bed frames, if your items are there. All property in the lost/found safe headboards, nightstands, desks, chairs and bed linens. will be destroyed by the end of January. Please specify All purchases have to be made with cash. For more when you lost your item. information, call the Bamberg Inn at 0951-300-8604 or email Chili Cook-Off The Community Activity Center will host its inaugural Bulk Item Pickup Chili Cook-Off at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 28. Prizes will be The Directorate of Public Works will pick up bulk items awarded to best all-around chili as judged by the Bamberg for disposal on the first Monday of the month. The dates community. Sign up at CAC front counter by Feb. 22. for 2013 are March 4, April 2, June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. There is no cost to participate. To learn more, call 09512, Oct. 7 and Nov. 4. Spring cleanup will take place in May 300-8837 or email to so bulk pickup will be the week of May 15 to 20. Scotland: A History in Songs The English P-Seminar Class of the Frankische Schweitz Gymnasium will present an original work, Scotland: A History in Songs, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Stable Theater. Stroll through some remarkable points of Scottish history, at times gory, melancholy, sweet or funny. The students are proud to put on stage, amongst others, the gruesome execution of William Wallace, the flight by ship of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the magic of Robert Burns – all told through and alongside a dozen of the most beautiful and inspiring Scottish songs. The cost is $5 for adult and children are free. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 0951-300-8647. Military Saves Week Military Saves Week is Feb. 25 through March 1. U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg will offer financial classes, oneon-one counseling and group classes for units and other organizations. Free financial classes will be offered daily from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in ACS Bldg. 7029, Room 117. The topics will be: Feb. 25 - Budgeting; Feb. 26 - Investing Risk Tolerance; Feb. 27 - Debt Reduction Strategy; Feb.

Women’s History Month Luncheon There will be a Women’s History Month Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 13 at the Warner Conference Center. The speaker will be Installation Management Command Europe Regional Director Kathleen Marin. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the Cool Beans Café in the Community Activity Center, Bldg. 7047. To learn more, call 0951-300-8624. 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 looking for Emergency Placement Care Providers who will open their homes to children in need. For more information, call Army Community Service at 0951-300-8397/7777.

Community Flea Markets Come and sell your unwanted items or search for a great find at the Community Flea Markets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday of the month at Summerall Field near the Community Activity Center. Dates for the flea markets are March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12.

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 Legally Blonde, The Musical the real world. For more information, to register or to sign The Stable Theater presents its winter smash Broadway up for child care, call 0951-300-1570/8141 or send an musical hit, Legally Blonde, The Musical for eight shows email to during two weekends. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 and 3 p.m. March 17 and 24. Amsterdam and Keukenhof Garden Trip Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for students and Soldiers Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers will be taking and Family members E4 and below. Ask about group and a trip to Amsterdam and Keukenhof Garden April 5 deployment discounts. Non-ID cardholder guests can gain access by emailing full name, passport number, birth date and vehicle license plate number at least two working days 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 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@

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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 round-trip transportation to Space Camp, meals, lodging and program/ materials. For more information or to apply, visit www. 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 stop by the Youth Sports office in building 7669 or call 0951-300-7523. 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 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.

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.

Babysitting Course Child, Youth and School Services will offer at babysitting course from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at Parent Central Lloret De Mar, Spain, Trip Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers is heading to Services, Building 7340. The course is open to youth ages Lloret De Mar, Spain, May 23 through 27. The cost is 12 to 18. For more information or to register, call 0951$320 per person for a double room or $370 for a single 300-8660. room. The price includes roun-trip transportation, three nights in a three-star hotel, three breakfasts and a city tour Applications sought for the Military Youth of the Year of Barcelona and a medieval dinner. The trip is open to The Military Youth of the Year is a Boys and Girls Club single Soldiers, geographical bachelors, married Soldiers of America recognition program that partners with the and their authorized guests ages 18 and older. Deadline to Military Child and Youth Services. Local clubs recognize sign up is May 9. To learn more, call Outdoor Recreation at members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in 0951-300-9376 or contact your local BOSS office. state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five Youth and Teens regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the CYSS Track and Field Signups Sign-ups for Child, Youth and School Services Track and Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and Field for youth ages 6 through 14 runs through March 15. is installed by the president of the United States. Visit the Practice will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting April JFK Youth Center, Bldg. 7663, to pick up an application 16. The season runs from April to June. Visit Parent Central or call 0951-300-8871 and ask for Destiny Cilumba for Services to sign up. Don’t forget to use your deployment more details. benefits before they run out.

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 Monday from 5:30 to 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.

Closures and Changes 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, will reduce its hours beginning March 1. The new hours will be Monday through Friday 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 www.shopmyexchange. com/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.

Sports, Health and Fitness Red Cross 5-Kilometer Run March is American Red Cross month and the Red Cross will be hosting a 5-kilometer run beginning at 7 a.m. March 22 at the Freedom Fitness Facility. The run will highlight the partnership between the Red Cross and the Wounded Warrior Program. Preregistration by March 15 is encouraged 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.

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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. Please 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! Come 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 if 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. $10 per game to participate. For more information or to register, contact the Kessler Bowling Center on Kessler Field, Bldg. 449, by calling 09721-96-6332 or DSN 3546332.

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 on 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. For more information, 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 officials for the youth sports program. No experience is and weather and road condition. To learn more, click here. Karaoke 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 Flight Now Showing | 138 Minutes In this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot who miraculously lands his plane after a mid-air problem, saving nearly every soul on board. Afterwards, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault, and what really happened on that plane? Rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence. Visit for more information.

IN THEATERS • Feb. 21 - 27 BAMBERG THEATER • 0951-297-3934 Feb. 21 - Flight (R) 7 p.m. Feb. 22 - Skyfall (PG-13) 7 p.m. Feb. 23 - Playing for Keeps (PG-13) 3 p.m.; Identity Thief (R) 7 p.m. Feb. 24 - Playing for Keeps (PG-13) 3 p.m.; Identity Thief (R) 7 p.m. Feb. 25 - Identity Thief (R) 7 p.m. ILLESHEIM THEATER • 09841-83-4546 Feb. 23 - Warm Bodies (PG-13) 4 p.m. Bullet to the Head (R) 7 p.m. KATTERBACH THEATER • 09802-83-1790 Feb. 21 - The Last Stand (R) 7 p.m. Feb. 22 - Parker (R) 7 p.m Feb. 23 - Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (R) 7 p.m.; Feb. 24 - Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (PG) 3 p.m.; Parker (R) 6 p.m. SCHWEINFURT THEATER • 09721-96-1790 Feb. 21 - Flight (R) 7 p.m. Feb. 22 - Bullet to the Head (R) 7 p.m. Feb. 23 - Warm Bodies (PG-13) 4 p.m.; Bullet to the Head (R) 7 p.m. Feb. 24 - Warm Bodies (R) 4 p.m.; Bullet to the Head (R) 7 p.m. Feb. 27 - Stand Up Guys (R) 7 p.m.

Eco-Friendly Tips Water-saving Tips

Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 150 gallons a month. Collect some snow in a bucket and let it thaw and warm up in the room before watering your indoor plants with it.

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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 Feb. 20, 27; and March 6, 13, 20, 27. March 2, 9 Lermoos, Austria, and Zugspitze $45 Skiers and snowboarders can reach spectacular destinations on a variety of one-day ski and snowboard trips to the Alps, including Lermoos, Austria, March 2, and the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain, March 9. Lessons are possible based on instructor availability.Trip locations are subject to change depending on snow and slope conditions. Cost is $45 for transportation and $59 with ski and snowboard equipment rental. Trips leave Storck Barracks at 4:15 a.m. and Katterbach Kaserne at 5 a.m. and return the same day at approximately 10 p.m. For more information, call Ansbach Outdoor Recreation at 09802-833225.

BAMBERG Feb. 28 Headlamp Snowshoe Hike $25 Discover a new way to traverse the winter plains by joining ODR on an evening snowshoe hike, lit by headlamps. We will be travelling through the Paradise Valley winter wonderland, which is a short drive away from Warner Barracks. Trip includes snowshoes and transportation. Departs from ODR at 5 p.m. and returns at approximately 9 p.m. March 2 Learn to Ski/Snowboard $80 Always wanted to try snowboarding? Here’s your chance. Spend a day on a local slope, Ochsenkopf, in the Fichtelgebirge, with Outdoor Recreation’s own instructor. Includes transportation, lift pass, rental and about 2.5 hours of lessons. Departs from ODR at 9 a.m. and returns at approxmately 5 p.m. March 7 Tour under Bamberg $25 This trip through the tunnels under Bamberg gives participants a view of the city that shouldn’t be missed. The tunnels are generally cool and damp, so participants should wear appropriate clothing and bring a flashlight. The trip departs from ODR at 5 p.m. and returns at approximately 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Bamberg Outdoor Recreation at 0951-300-9376.


Energy-saving Tips Walk or bike to work. This saves on gas and parking costs while improving your cardiovascular health. Use short cycles for the dishwasher. Select the shortest cycle that properly cleans your dishes. Shorter cycles use less hot water and less energy.

Recycling Reduce food waste by making a meal plan and shopping list, and sticking to it! It’s better to buy more later if you need it than to waste food. Get creative with making other meals with your leftovers, or freeze them for another meal. Buy recycled paper whenever possible. Recycled paper takes about 60% less energy and water to make than new paper, and trees can be saved, too.

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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Was ist los in Franken?

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 5/6-kilometer, 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 POC for exact starting times, updates and detailed location information. For other locations within Germany also check the website Here is a quick look at upcoming Volksmarches in Franconia: • Feb. 23 and 24 in Rothenburg o.d.T. (6/11/21 km) - TSV 2000 Rothenburg e.V., 09861/1752 or wandern@rothenburg-wandern. de, Start: Feb. 23 - 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.,; Feb. 24 - 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Erlbacher Str. 5. • March 2 and 3 in Gerach (5/10 km) - Radfahr- u. Wanderverein Edelweiß Gerach e.V. 09544/1087. Start: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Laimbachtal-Halle. Roger Chapman live in Aschaffenburg Roger Chapman and The Shortlist are playing live at the Colos-Saal (Rossmarkt 19) in Aschaffenburg at 9 p.m. Feb. 22. James Brown Tribute in Schweinfurt Sir Waldos Funk Circus is playing a Tribute to James Brown at the Stattbahnhof Schweinfurt (Alte Bahnhofstr. 8-12) on Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. Kneipenjagd in Bad Windsheim The annual pub crawl in Bad Windsheim takes place Feb. 23 in different locations. Buy one ticket and enter all locations free all night long. To learn more, visit Willetta Carson Band in Nürnberg Willetta Carson, native of Chicago, is paying homage to Martin Luther King in a concert at Heilig-Geist-Saal (Hans-Sachs-Platz 2) in Nürnberg Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Hobby Crafts Market in Bad Windsheim A hobby arts and Crafts market also featuring local producers and direct marketers takes place inside the KKC on Erkenbrechtallee 2 in Bad Windsheim Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; admission fee is 2 Euros, children younger than 12 years enter free. To learn more, visit Bamberger Volkslauf The popular Bamberg Run, a winter charity race, takes place on March

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2 at 2 p.m.; start and finish point is the Tennis Club Am Hain (locker rooms for changing and shower). Parking is available at P&R parking lot Heinrichsdamm or Hainstraße parking lot. Registration is only possible on site 30 minutes prior to the race for a fee of 4 Euros. Salsa Night in Bamberg The Salsa party in the Haas-Säle (Obere Sandstraße 7) March 2 starts at 8 p.m. and is a must for all “salsaholics.” The party starts with a beginner’s course and continues with a Salsa workshop (9:15 p.m.). DJs Alvaro and Alex will present the current Salsa tracks from Puerto Rico, Columbia and many other places; also offered will be Bachata from the Dominican Republic and Merengue and Kizomba. To learn more, call 0176- 9631-8440 or visit Oldie-Rock’n’Roll-Musiknacht at Wolframs-Eschenbach The annual pub crawl in Wolframs-Eschenbach with live bands in several locations takes place on March 2 starting at 8 p.m. To learn more, visit Rock meets Classic 2013 in Nürnberg Legendary rock hymns are presented in a classic style at the Arena in Nürnberg (Kurt-Leucht-Weg 11) March 3 at 8 p.m. Participating rock singers are Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company, Queen), Eric Bazilian (The Hooters), Steve Augeri (Journey), Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) and “Very Special Guest” Bonnie Tyler. To learn more, visit Bamberger Symphoniker in Schweinfurt The Bamberg Symphonic Orchestra will perform in Schweinfurt at the Theater der Stadt Schweinfurt (Roßbrunnstraße 20) March 8 at 7:30 p.m. Health Fair in Bamberg The annual health fair Franken aktiv & vital at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg (Forchheimer Straße 15) takes place March 8 through 10; visitors will find information on wellness and beauty, traveling, fitness and healthy diets. Opening hours are March 8 from 2 to 10 p.m. and March 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission fee for adults is 6 Euros; children and family tickets are available. To learn more, visit Easter in the Handwerkerhof Nürnberg Starting on March 8 the Handwerkerhof in Nürnberg, a medieval enclosure across from the main train station, will be decorated in Easter fashion; all the little traditional houses, the 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. To learn more, visit

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Command Information for the Franconia Military Community in Germany

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Command Information for the Franconia Military Community in Germany