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

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USAG Bamberg commemorates Black History Month By Simon Hupfer, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs BAMBERG, Germany – More than 100 members of the U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg community attended the Black History Month luncheon at Warner Barracks here, during which the commanding general of Headquarters Allied Force Command Heidelberg served as guest speaker. “By honoring African-American history we are strengthening a long American tradition,” Lt. Gen. John Morgan III said to attendees. For this year’s Black History Month, the nation celebrates two anniversaries: About 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln called for the end of slavery. Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. led the famous march on Washington and spoke of brotherhood and justice from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Morgan quoted from the 2013 presidential proclamation: “Today, Dr. King, President Lincoln and other shapers of our American story proudly watch over our National Mall. But as we memorialize their extraordinary acts in statues and stone, let us not lose sight of the enduring truth and that they were citizens first.” Morgan commemorated segregated units

Simon Hupfer / USAG Bamberg Public Affairs

Lt. Gen. John Morgan III., commanding general at the Allied Force Command Headquarters in Heidelberg, was the guest speaker at USAG Bamberg’s Black History Month Luncheon. Morgan was stationed in Bamberg twice during his military career and was cordially welcomed at his former home garrison. More than 100 community members attended the luncheon and enjoyed soul food.

who fought the famous Battle of the Bulge in World War II. Two batteries were ordered to stay behind to provide covering fire to the withdrawing 106th Division. Almost all were killed. German SS Soldiers tortured and

Commentary: What to do with your POV when you PCS By Capt. Sarah Smith,

USAG Schweinfurt Provost Marshal

OK, so a while back you arrived in Schweinfurt. Maybe you bought a beater for a few thousand bucks. Or maybe you took advantage of the overseas price incentives and purchased something new at a local dealership. Of course, you may have had ole Betsy shipped here. Regardless, you got your set of wheels and were off exploring Europe. Now, fast forward to the present. The garrison is closing. Brigades are casing and you have to PCS in a few months. You have a privately owned vehicle on your hands. Question: What do you do with the vehicle you purchased or had shipped here?

Hey, my name is Capt. Sarah Smith and I’m the provost marshal at USAG Schweinfurt. I’m in charge of the military police in Schweinfurt, but I also deal with abandoned cars. In the past this has been one of the biggest headaches for U.S. installations closing in Europe. So now is the time to consider what you’re going to do with your vehicle before you PCS. Will you sell it, scrap it or ship it? You might be thinking this, “Who cares? I won’t find anyone to buy my car. I definitely don’t want to ship it to the states, and I don’t want to pay a disposal fee. I’ll just leave it behind and no one will know any better.” Whoa! Definitely the wrong (POV, on Page 2)

executed 11 black Soldiers at the hamlet of Wereth in Belgium. “They fought for a freedom that they did (HISTORY, on Page 4)

National Children’s Dental Health Month

Spc. Latoya Dallas / USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

Capt. Elise Hinz, an Army dentist, examines Alex Valverde’s teeth during the first day of dental screenings at Schweinfurt Elementary Middle School Feb. 25. The Ledward Dental Clinic has teamed up with SEMS to raise awareness about the importance of oral health because February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.

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(POV, from Page 1) answer. Abandoned vehicles, both off and on post, are monitored by the German Polizei and our military police. In addition, tenant units are not allowed to clear a Soldier if he or she has a registered vehicle that has not been shipped, scrapped or sold. Abandoning a POV violates German law and USAREUR regulations 190-1 and 600-1. It is punishable under the UCMJ and may serve as the basis for adverse administrative action. In short, don’t abandon your car. The ghost of your abandoned vehicle will haunt you. You’ll face charges, whether monetarily or legally. But don’t worry. Here in Schweinfurt we have options for you. We’re going to help, but we need your help too. SCRAP You can donate your car to the Morale, Welfare and Recreation strip lot and Auto Skills Center. This lot provides much-needed parts to those using the center. What isn’t used is scrapped, but not before the vehicle’s hazardous fluids are disposed of properly as per German law. That disposal costs money. Therefore, there is a $60 disposal fee for donating your car to the strip lot. If your car is nonoperational or in need of towing, the MWR Towing Service will tow within the Schweinfurt area for a $40 fee. Simply call DSN 353-8224 or 09721-96-8224 to set up a date and time. After donating your car, make sure you have filled out AE Form 190-1Z-R, which is your proof of vehicle donation to MWR and is necessary when out-processing. AE Form 190-1Z-R is available

at the MWR Strip Lot. SELL Another option is to sell your car. There are two routes with this option: selling to a U.S. Department of Defense ID holder or a non-ID holder. To sell to another ID holder, you can post your vehicle for sale on a number of sources. The first place to post can be various pages on Facebook. There’s the Schweinfurt Car Lot Facebook page, for example, if you’d like to sell to someone in the Schweinfurt community. Just remember one thing: It’s going to be more difficult to sell to ID holders in Schweinfurt since, because of closure, more people will be leaving than departing. So don’t forget to look to other nearby, enduring garrisons for a possible ID-holding buyer. Both and the classifieds are great resources to list your car, allowing you to connect to other garrisons in and around Bavaria that may have a number of incoming Soldiers and Families looking for cars. Once you find a buyer, the process is as simple as getting your vehicle inspected, changing the registration and transferring the title. For more detailed information, visit the Vehicle Registration webpage. If you are selling to a nonID holder, such as a dealer on the economy, there are a few things to keep in

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 mind. First, US-spec cars cannot be sold to a non-ID holder. Another very important piece of the process is visiting the Military customs office, where you will obtain a “Permit to Transfer” form known as the AE Form 550175B. The next step is to visit Schweinfurt’s German customs office (Zollamt), located at Londonstraße 24, 97424 Schweinfurt, Tel: 09721-949060. After doing that, stop by the Vehicle Registration office at Conn to de-register your car and then you can complete your sale. Specific step-bystep information can be found in this handy brochure. SHIP You can also ship your vehicles to the states. If you bought your car from a dealer in Europe – such as Volvo, BMW, Audi or Volkswagen – most of these companies have their own independent shipping programs valid for up to five years after the vehicle’s purchase. Be sure to call your respective dealership as soon as you receive your orders to set up a shipping plan. If you bought your vehicle from Exchange New Car Sales, had it shipped from the states or bought it from another ID holder, contact the POV shipping office, also known as TRANS CAR.

The Army will pick up the fee of having one of your vehicles shipped. Find more information about shipping your POV back to the states here. There are a number of regulations about prepping your car for international shipping, so be sure to check with your service provider about these to ensure the strict guidelines have been followed. Keep all important documents before, during and after the out-processing period. Important documents include the bill of sale, lien information and vehicle registration. Do not pack these in your household goods. No matter which option you choose, if there is a lien or a lease on your car, a written release from the lien holder authorizing the shipping, selling or scrapping of your vehicle is required. Detailed information on all of the above options can be found here. Remember: If you abandon your vehicle it just becomes somebody else’s problem. And most likely the charges or UCMJ will find you. But by planning now, being proactive and keeping a tab on your vehicle records, you can take care of the community, yourself and your vehicle before your PCS.

USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs 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 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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USAG Ansbach celebrates lengths of service of employees Stork Barracks employee with 60 years of service among those honored By Bryan Gatchell, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs ANSBACH, Germany – U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach held a length-of-service ceremony at the Von Steuben Community Center at Bismarck Kaserne Feb. 25. Army employees were recognized for impressive lengths of service, including 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years. The most enduring of the honorees exceeded the lengthiest of services honored by 20 years. Fred Haverly, a tax relief officer at Storck Barracks, has been a part of the Army for more than 60 years now. Haverly’s career began in 1952 when he enlisted in the military. He served in the Korean War as well as the Vietnam War. When he retired from military service in 1972, he had become a command sergeant major. He was a manager for the Class 6 store and a manager for a military clothing store for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. He has been a tax relief officer at his current position since 1994. “Sixty years of combined service, military and civilian,” said Kevin L. Griess, deputy garrison commander of USAG Ansbach. “They don’t even make a certificate for that.” To remedy the lack of an available certificate design, Griess presented Haverly with a specially made plaque commemorating his long service. Though Haverly has a significant number of years of service to his name, he still plans on continuing to serve. “We’re ready for the future financially,” said Haverly, “even if I quit this job. But I won’t quit this job because I love it too much.” Haverly’s career includes momentous events in world history that reflect the close ties the United States has had with Germany. “I was stationed in Berlin when President Kennedy came over and he made the statement ‘Ich bin ein Berliner,’” said Haverly. “I was in that parade, standing there at port of arms with my rifle, and I heard him say that. I’ll

Jürgen Hemberger, Jose Hoes, Joseph H. Klindt, Karl-Heinz Michel, Brigitte Newton, Diana O’Brien, Rory O’Donnell, Thomas Pelzmann, Jerry L. Rinehart, John T. Strader, Clarence R. Sumpter, Detlef Szillat, Karlheinz Theiss and Roland Wystrichowski. Those with 30 years of service include Simon Bryan Gatchell / USAG Ansbach Public Affairs Barco, Monika Burns, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach leadership present Fred Haverly, Constance D. Hazel, fourth from left, with a plaque commemorating his 60 years of Dönhöfer, federal service and his wife Irmgard Haverly, fourth from right, with Thomas a bouquet of flowers during the USAG Ansbach Length of Service Wilhelm Dorner, Winfried ceremony at the Von Steuben Community Center Feb. 25. Engels, Hans Engerer, never forget it, and they were playing the Uwe Falk, Uwe Gerth, Josef Gösswald, Harald Heiselbetz, Kirk D. Herring, Heinz ‘Washington Post March.’” During a significant birthday recently, his Jopp, Gabriele Jopp, Rudolf Kallert, Heidi town’s band came to his house to play the Köppendörfer, Günter Korn, Helga Kryczka, “Washington Post March” by John Philip Gerhard Limberger, Jürgen Mai, Patrick Sousa, which Haverly claims to be his favorite Mally, Conner L. Mario, Ines Martin, Manfred Meyer, Claudia Nawratil, Harald Niesser, tune. Harverly made his life in Germany. He Waltraud Schlereth, Franz Schmidberger, Schulte Havermann-Gailer, has been married since 1969, and his wife, Gabriele Irmgard Haverly, is a native of Germany. They Lockhart Simpson, Waltraut Steinbauer, William B. Swanson, Gerhard Weichert, have three children and 10 grandchildren. “I am very proud of him,” said Irmgard Albert Weissenhorn and Josef Winter. Those with 35 years of service include Fritz Haverly. “He is a very special person.” Despite Fred Haverly’s seemingly Blumenstock, Derrick W. Copper, Reinhold boundless energy for government service, the Fuchs, Marita Gardner, Joseph Gillich, Rudolf Gmelch, Uwe Goth, Julian I. Gude couple still plans for retirement. “One of these days we may have to quit,” Jr., Raymond A. Hinch, Wilhelm Horneber, said Haverly. “We’ve got a trip planned Hans Korbacher, Norberto Millet Jr., Earl C. around the world, and we figure the next four Perkins, Klaus Reinhardt, Bernd Rosenkranz, Hans-Werner Schiefer, Peter Siebert, Gregory or five years we’ll have to take it.” Haverly’s advice for career longevity is Anthony Stein, Erich Tanzer, Eliezer Torres, Alfred Witt, Dieter Wörrlein, John Yang and simple: “Find a job you really love,” he said. Heinz Zeitler. Those with 40 years of service include “You’ll never ever work again.” Those with 20 years of service include Jimmy D. Bevins, Helga Greene, Riitta Andrew Poppen, Ida Ruff-Geppert and Lapisto, Marita Lorenz, Sonja Möhring, Ursula Pfefferlein and Marianne Teubner. Manfred Schübel. There was only one with the distinction of Those with 25 years of service include Bruce Belknap, Vera Bernhard, Cornwin L. having served 60 years, and that was Fred E. Reed, Michaela Euler, David E. Goforth, Harverly.

Final drawdown to begin after Afghan elections

Army must shift focus from execution to preparation

BRUSSELS – The United States will maintain more than 60,000 troops in Afghanistan through the spring and summer fighting season, cutting to 34,000 by February and staying at that strength through the Afghan elections set for 2014, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said here Feb. 22. “Once those elections are completed, we will then begin the final drawdown,” Panetta said during a news conference at NATO headquarters after two days of NATO defense minister meetings. President Barack Obama announced during his State of the Union address earlier this month that the United States ... To read more, click here.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Army must transition now from a force of execution to one of preparation, said the commander of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. As the opening speaker at the 2013 Association of the United States Army Institute of Land Warfare Symposium and Exposition in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Gen. Robert W. Cone discussed how the Army must change as it transitions out of Afghanistan during a time of fiscal drawdown for the military. To learn more, click here.

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(HISTORY, from Page 1) not fully experience in their own country at that time,” Morgan said. Morgan encouraged all attendees at Bamberg’s Warner Conference Center to make a difference and inspire young people through hard work, mentorship and dedication so they would make positive contributions. He thanked all volunteers for sharing their time with the community. Morgan asked all attendees to challenge themselves and ask themselves the question, “What are you doing to make a difference?” At USAG Bamberg’s Black History Month luncheon, more than 100 attendees enjoyed soul food at the Warner Conference Center and listened to guest speaker Lt. Gen. John Morgan III, commanding general of Headquarters Allied Force Command Heidelberg. Morgan commemorated segregated units who fought the famous Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

CFC-O announces second annual coin-design contest CFC-Overseas Public Affairs FRANCONIA MILITARY COMMUNITY, Germany – The 2013 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas Annual Coin Design Contest is underway. This year’s contest is open to all Department of Defense employees and their family members. The purpose of the contest is to select a unique design for the 2013 CFC-O contributor coin that represents the theme of the campaign: “Serve To Honor Your Country. Give Because You Care.” Contest entries will be accepted through March 29 and the winner will be announced on or before April 30. Beginning in 2011, the CFC-O has presented contributors who meet eligibility criteria with a commemorative coin as a token of appreciation. The CFC-O selected the design for the 2012 coin from entries submitted in the inaugural coin design contest. David Satterfield, Edward Johnson, Jon Grayson, James Clark and Chin-Kyong Yi of U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys in Korea collaborated to create the winning design. The 2012 Commemorative CFC-O Coin featured a quote from and likeness of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. “It is an honor to present these coins to our contributors,” said Victoria Adams, CFC-O executive director. “We are thrilled to continue a tradition of annual, limited-edition commemorative coins in the CFC-O and look forward to seeing the creative entries for the 2013 coin. Coin design submissions for the 2013 campaign season will be accepted from eligible participants (ID card required for verification) electronically in .jpg or .pdf formats. Artwork will be judged on originality, depiction of the theme of the CFC-O and suitability for printing on the coin. Interested designers can obtain detailed instructions and submission guidelines by visiting the CFC-O website.

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Black History Month luncheon at Ansbach

Bryan Gatchell / USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

Soldiers at the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade Dining Facility at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach enjoy traditional American Southern cuisine and learn about the milestones of African American history Feb. 12 during the Ansbach Black History Month celebration.

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Army SHARPens its efforts against sexual harassment, assault By Bryan Gatchell, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs ANSBACH, Germany – That sexual harassment and assault happens in the military is an unfortunate, deplorable fact and, since February 2004, is something the Army has implemented programs to correct and prevent. Recently the program has changed to reflect a changing attitude toward the subject, one that shifts the responsibility for prevention of harassment and assault to everyone in the community and seeks to make response better tailored to the victim’s needs. The current Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention, or SHARP, program is a combination of two previous programs, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, or SAPR, and Prevention of Sexual Harassment, or POSH. The rationale behind combining the two efforts is because of an understanding of both sexual assault and harassment as being part of the same spectrum. According to a SHARP program training slideshow released in 2012, sexual innuendo is a contributing factor to the problem, and a third of reported sexual assaults are preceded by sexual harassment. The Army’s strategy for the SHARP program has been set out in phases, the first two phases being rolled out in 2008 and 2009, the third in 2012 and the fourth projected to begin this year. In the first phase, titled “Committed Army Leadership,” the goal was to get senior leaders to actively and aggressively condemn sexual assault and harassment. Phase II, “ArmyWide Conviction,” sought to ensure every member of the Army has a responsibility in preventing sexual assault. Last year’s focus was on achieving a culture change. Though the idea of a large cultural change throughout the Army is a large undertaking, according to Randy Martin, the soon-to-be sexual assault response coordinator for 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, the culture change begins everywhere at a smaller level. “Different units have subcultures, so to speak,” he said. “And different subcultures have different things that are not appropriate. It’s accepted because it’s been going on so long.” Intervention at all levels of sexual misconduct by all individuals is a key component of the program. “We’re teaching people to share responsibility,” said John O’Brien, the current sexual assault response coordinator for SHARP for several installations in southern Germany. “If we’re at a party where two individuals leave and somebody gets sexually assaulted afterwards, it’s arguably as much the responsibility of the individuals that were at the party that didn’t stop it from

happening. I guarantee that somebody there saw precursor actions that probably at least indicated the possibility that something like that could happen.” The other facet of this program, to tailor response to the victim’s needs, is reflected in the two avenues of response open to victims. Sexual assault victims may either make a restricted report or an unrestricted report. With the restricted status, victims of assault can contact the response coordinators and get the medical help they need as well as counseling. There will be, however, no official report on the incident and no one can be prosecuted or other official actions taken. “If I get a call, I dispatch a victim advocate,” said Martin. “The victim advocate goes face to face to see what’s going on with that person.” “Really the Army has designed a system to help the individual for their need, not on a system that we’re imposing on them,” said O’Brien. “It’s a system that’s intended to give them what they need and not what we tell them they need.” “With the restricted, the command does not know any information, it’s not reported to law enforcement,” said Denise Mitchell, Army Community Service division chief. “It really limits the benefits a client, so to speak, can take advantage of. With the restricted report we cannot help a client do a compassionate reassignment. If they’re sexually assaulted and they just can’t be in this community because it’s too small and people know what’s going on, they can request a compassionate reassignment and it can be worked. But for that to happen, the command has to know what’s going on. If it’s restricted, we’re very limited in what we can offer. If it’s restricted, we cannot pull the offender out of the barracks. Although the approach is limited, O’Brien sees the restricted status as a valuable approach from the victim’s perspective. “The approach is a very victim’s advocate

approach,” said O’Brien. “There are some people that firmly believe that the system won’t help them. It’s also that they might think that whatever help they need, reporting it in a formal way isn’t their way of coming to the appropriate conclusion that they need as the victim.” The Army anticipates that having two avenues of reporting for victims will help increase reporting. “One of the goals of this process is to increase reporting,” said O’Brien. “The intent of what we’re doing now is for it to be better.” “The program changes have been very positive,” said Mitchell. “The needs of victims have been met much better. I think they’re taken care of better than [how] they used to be taken care of. According to the program’s training material, commanders and managers are responsible for leading by example, establishing a command climate of prevention, posting SHARP policy statements and victim services information, ensuring Soldiers receive SHARP training annually and before and after deployment, ensuring SHARP personnel are appointed, conducting assessments of the program and processing requests for expedited transfers and reassignments. “The command is concerned about this issue,” said Martin. “It’s not something they take lightly.” With leadership involvement and a focus on community responsibility, the Army means to tackle the problem of sexual assault in the largest way possible. For Soldiers or family members stationed at USAG Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Hohenfels, Garmisch, Ansbach, Bamberg or Schweinfurt, to report sexual harassment or a sexual assault, call the Bavaria and Franconia Military Community SHARP hotline at 09641-834567 or DSN 475-4567.

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In a jam? How to find Schweinfurt’s 24-hour pharmacies By Nathan Van Schaik and Michele Bradfield, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs SCHWEINFURT, Germany — When a limit on late-night alcohol sales went into effect at Army and Air Force Exchange Service shoppettes here, AAFES management reduced their hours at the 24-hour shoppette at Conn Barracks, leaving many wondering: Where do I go if I need emergency items like medicine? Not all pharmacies in Germany operate 24 hours a day. But German pharmacies – known as Apothekes – take turns operating throughout the night. The complete list of Schweinfurt’s 24-hour Apothekes is available here. “The pharmacies are required to have a 24hour access,” addressed garrison commander, Lt. Col. Michael Runey, at a Feb. 19 town hall on the effects of reduced shoppette hours. “There is always an Apotheke that is open.” A list of rotating 24-hour pharmacies near you is available at the group’s official website, Type your town or ZIP code in the top-right search box for Apotheke locations, telephone numbers and operating hours. An Apotheke app for your smartphone is also offered through iTunes. Search “iTunes apotheke app” in your search engine to download the free app. Pharmacists in Germany take years of schooling in English and most still speak some English, said Elvira Gladwell, the garrison community relations officer. But to play it safe, research what you need. Feed the words “cough syrup” through Google Translate, for

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When AAFES management reduced their hours at the 24-hour shoppette at Conn, many were left wondering: Where do I go if I need emergency items like medicine? Schweinfurt’s complete list of 24-hour pharmacies is here.

example, and take the word “Hustensaft” to the pharmacist at the Apotheke. For those who need to fuel up their vehicles late at night, there are two Esso fuels stations within a one-mile radius of the Schweinfurt garrison. The Esso station located on Landwehr Strasse 37 is on the B-286 between St. Josef Hospital and the Schweinfurt

main train station. The Esso station at Am Oberen Marienbach 14 is located east on Niederwerrner Strasse across from Panorama Hotel and near a bowling alley. Both stations offer regular and diesel fuel, as well as snacks to satisfy late-night cravings. An online Esso locator and smartphone app is available at their website.

Bamberg’s Stable Theater to present Legally Blonde, The Musical By Heidi Sanders, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs BAMBERG, Germany – Legally Blonde, The Musical will be taking the stage at Bamberg’s Stable Theater March 14 through 17 and 21 through 24. Jack Austin, U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg’s entertainment director, said although theatergoers may recognize the title from the 2001 movie, the stage performance will be a bit different. “It is a lot more tongue-incheek than the movie was,” Austin said. “The musical takes it to yet another level. It is basically the same story line. Throw in some additional gags and the fact the characters are singing and dancing around, and you get the idea.” Show times are 7:30 p.m.

March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23, and 3 p.m. March 17 and 24. Tickets are $11 for adults, and $9 for students, Soldiers and family members (E-4 and below). Group and deployment discounts are also available. Non-ID holders can gain access to post for the show by emailing their full name, passport number, birthdate and vehicle license plate number at least two working days before show date. To reserve tickets, call 0951300-8647 or send an email to mil. Austin advised that the show contains some adult themes. “It has some adult scenes,” he said. “The energy and fun is certainly contagious, but parents

may want to use some discretion.” Legally Blonde, The Musical will be the Stable Theater’s submission for Installation Command Management Europe’s Tournament of Plays. Judges from the Tournament of Plays, also known as the Topper Awards, will see a production of the show during its run and provide feedback to the cast and crew. The Topper Awards will be presented later this spring. Last year, Bamberg’s production of Hairspray was nominated for 28 Toppers and brought back eight awards. Bamberg recently participated in the U.S. Army Europe Festival of One Act Plays in Kaiserslautern Jan. 18 through 20. Community members

performed The Long Christmas Dinner, which ran in December in Bamberg. Bamberg was one of 12 U.S. military community theater groups to take part in the competition. Lois Dent won first place for best performance in a featured role for her part in The Long Christmas Dinner. “She played an extremely key role,” Austin said. “She closes out the show with a long speech.” Austin said he was pleased with Bamberg’s performance in the competition. “I think we showed well,” he said. “There was a lot of good competition. We didn’t win any major show awards, but I feel strongly that we did Bamberg proud.”

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Commentary Travel disasters, and how to avoid them in Europe

By Margaret Gotheridge, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs Nothing wrecks travel plans like getting a flat tire en route to the airport. Believe me – been there, done that. And if there’s any devastating mistake you can make in your travels, my husband and I have probably already made it. And yes, we’ve even bought plane tickets to the wrong city (though, thankfully still in the same country as our intended destination). But there is no need to worry. All you need to do in those situations is just stop – take a deep breath and know that everything will be OK. Through it all, we’ve traveled to 13 countries in the past year, and if there’s anything we’ve learned it’s this: Travel through Europe can be more complicated than in the states. Whether it’s a snowstorm, train wreck, car problem or navigating an unfamiliar language, I know that anything can happen when traveling. However, don’t let this deter you from traveling. Being prepared and learning from other people’s mistakes – like mine – will ensure you have an enjoyable trip. As my husband tells me all the time, traveling is an adventure and working together when things go wrong is part of the fun. Call it destiny. Here are some of the mistakes I’ve made so you don’t have to. Safe travels! Or as they say in France, Bon voyage! What can go wrong and how to avoid disaster: Your car gets towed in a foreign city Here’s a simple mistake. You’ve finally arrived. You’re in a foreign city. No one speaks English. You want to park your vehicle, but the road construction signs outside your hotel are indecipherable. You don’t have to be well-versed in a foreign language to travel to another country. You may, however, want to learn a few key phrases that will help you if you ever get stuck in a bad situation – like having your car towed. The best way to combat these situations without lugging around a phrase book is to use the key phrases section in the back of a city guide book. These guide books can easily be found at the library at Ledward Barracks. They often have information about street signs and emergency numbers. Buying tickets to the wrong city After purchasing tickets for your travels – whether for plane, train or boat – immediately identify the gate number, seat location and time of departure. Nothing is more disappointing than arriving at either an unintended train platform or realizing that your train has already left the station. Many times you can double check your travel information through

Margaret Gotheridge / USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

For many living here in Germany this is the only time in your life when you are within a four-hour travel radius to countries like France, Belgium, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland. Whether you travel to these destinations by planes, trains or automobiles, here are some helpful tips that can keep you on track during your touring adventures.

smartphone apps like the one for Deutsche Bahn (don’t worry, it’s in English). Give yourself at least one hour of time to arrive at an airport, train station or port. Just in case you do buy plane tickets to the wrong city (like my husband did), you still have time to find other ways of getting to your final destination. Sometimes there are bus transfers between airports that are nearby. There are often different and cheaper ways of getting to a city. Again, the library is your friend. A money machine eats your ATM card Local currency can be an issue. If you can exchange for it, do it. Store clerks and vendors who accept money foreign to their own are often sloppy in their arithmetic (Hint: 10 Euros does not equal 10 Czech korunas). Usually, when you arrive at a location there are ATMs that will provide you with the local currency. To ensure you are going to see your ATM card aWgain after you have put it into the machine, try to use ATMs that are attached to an actual banking institution that you can walk into if there is an issue. If your card is eaten or lost, then make sure you know whom to contact or how to contact your personal banking institution before your travels so you can have the card closed immediately. Also, as a just-in-case circumstance, carry a little bit of cash on you so you can exchange it when you get to your location, but be aware of exchange rates when making your transaction. Getting a flat tire on the way to the airport In addition to preparing for your travels, you may also want to look into purchasing roadside assistance. Institutions like ADAC help provide towing services in Germany, Europe and worldwide. Some packages through ADAC that cover individuals for

a whole year cost as little as €45.50 for one person and €60.60 for partner packages. If you need help finding the right package for you, ask the individuals in Army Community Service’s Information and Referral department DSN 354-6851, CIV 09721-96-6851. Checking on the condition of your vehicle before traveling on long road trips or even to drop off a loved one at the airport can save you a headache, literally down the road. For those who want to learn more about how to properly maintain their car, consult the helpful individuals at the Auto Skills Center. When we had a flat tire, one thing that saved us from having to buy whole new plane tickets was having an alternative plan when things went wrong. If you think you are going to be “those people” running through the airport, look into checking in online and uploading your boarding pass to your smartphone. Another thing that helps when you don’t have time to waste is valet parking at most major airports. This allows you to drive to the front of the airport, leave your keys at a designated desk and attendants will park your car for you. It costs a little bit more, but it is definitely cheaper than what you would spend having to buy another plane ticket because you parked your car and missed your flight. Hopefully with these tips you won’t get caught in some of the unplanned, should-havebeen-avoided situations that my husband and I have been in during our travels. Attention to some of the small things can help you in the long run. Most importantly just remember to enjoy your vacation, drink in the sights and sounds of new and exciting places and enjoy the adventure.

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Bamberg services affected by reintegration, in-processing of troops

Staff Report USAG Bamberg Public Affairs BAMBERG, Germany – As the first groups of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Soldiers return to Bamberg this week, community members will see some services affected as they deal with the reintegration and in-processing of troops. The seven halfday reintegration process is a vital part of Soldiers’ return to garrison life. The seven-day process Once Soldiers return from a deployment they are mandated to go through seven halfdays of reintegration processes. During these seven days, procedures range from updating information at the legal office to dental and health check-ups. There are also mental health screenings and couple sessions with chaplains, to ensure that Families are on the right path to reconnecting. The weeks following re-deployment are carefully tracked as a Soldier re-enters life outside of a warzone. The 173rd considers these weeks to focus on accountability, recognition, recovery, resilience, block leave and post-block leave. Certain travel restrictions will apply during these weeks for returning Soldiers. Post services Dental health: For family members, care is always on a space-available basis for routine care; appointments will not be available until care for re-deploying Soldiers is met. The impact on child dentistry will be minimal, but availability will occasionally be disrupted when the provider is needed to help

with redeploying Soldiers. Family members 18 or older will be primarily dependent on preferred providers off post and dental care facilities approved by the TRICARE area office. For more information on off-post dental providers or to make pediatric dental appointments, call 0951-300-1720. Medical and physical health: Bamberg Health Clinic personnel expect to maintain appointments for family members as Soldiers return to Warner Barracks. Unit physician assistants play a large role in maintaining Soldiers’ health downrange and ensuring they are physically healthy. The Bavaria Medical Department Activity uses a surge team of providers to handle deployment and re-deployment processes and ensure family members can still receive routine care on post. To contact a primary care representative, call 0951-300-1750. For more information on physical therapy availability at Warner Barracks, call 0951-300-9015. To receive assistance on pressing medical issues, call the TRICARE Nurse Advice Line, available 24 hours a day at 0800-825-1600 or visit www. Nurse_Advice_Line.html. Soldiers returning from a deployment and family members in need of extra care can access many free classes offered by Bamberg’s Behavioral Health Services including anger management, suicide awareness and stress management. For more information on Behavioral Health Services in Bamberg, or to find out about the free classes they offer, call 0951-300-7793. Vehicle registration: Many troops returning from deployment will need to retrieve cars from government storage

and renew or cancel vehicle registrations. Bamberg’s Vehicle Registration Office anticipates an increase in customer traffic. For more information, call the Vehicle Registration Office at 0951-300-7580. Legal profile update: The legal assistance site is a mandatory stop for all redeploying active-duty personnel during the reintegration process. To prepare for the legal visit, Soldiers should attain any legal documents in need of review, including powers of attorney, wills and court documents. This is also a good time for Soldiers to ask questions regarding family members. The following services are typically available at the legal services reintegration site: • Legal consultation, advice • Power of attorney • Simple document preparation • Estate planning questionnaires • Notary services • Appointment referrals Once information is reviewed, appointments may need to be made. For more information, call the Bamberg Legal Office at 0951-300-7609. Permanent change of station: Those active-duty personnel and their Families getting ready to move to a new duty station should utilize the Legal Office to review Germany’s landlord and tenant laws including lease purchase agreements and evictions. Typically, three months notice is required to vacate private rental housing off post. The following steps suggested by Army officials are useful in preparing for a move: • Photograph or videotape personal property (SERVICES, on Page 9)

Vol. 10, Issue 9 (SERVICES, from Page 8) • Hand-carry all shipment documents and receipts • Inventory original prerecorded CDs, DVDs and VHS movies by number • List all items worth more than $100 by brand name on a High Value Item inventory • Retain receipts for all items worth more than $100 • Do not mix items in shipping boxes (e.g. kitchen and clothing items) • List items in containers (e.g. tools in a toolbox) • Place a copy of your PCS orders in each box Post office influx: With the number of Soldiers returning to Bamberg, there is an influx of packages and boxes arriving from downrange. The Postal Service Center has installed some temporary procedures to better handle the movement of property and efficiency of customer service. To learn what other services may be affected by the upcoming movement of Soldiers, contact the organization in question.

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Organizations involved in reintegration As Soldiers return to U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg from deployment, they are required to attend seven half-days of sessions and meeting with service representatives to ensure they are prepared for life in garrison. The following is a list of some of the organizations involved in reintegration and what they will do for Soldiers: ACAP: Army Career and Alumni Program; transition assistance for those who will leave the Army within one year ASAP: Army Substance Abuse Program; guidance Chapel: Couple reunion; reunion with Family and friends; communication with children; battlemind training Dental: Ensures no Soldiers remain

class IV in terms of treatment; addresses urgent dental care needs by screening records, exams, appointments, etc. Finance: Verify entitlements; submit travel vouchers, etc. Legal: Legal services on financial, legal issues and powers of attorney; support for tax returns; counseling on claims filing procedures, etc. Medical: Medical Threat briefing; medical record reception; health assessment; immunizations, etc. S1: Records update, etc. Unit Tasks: Accounting for classified material; turning in of badges or devices for secure areas; Handling of Classified Material briefing; etc.

‘I Am a Professional’

Simon Hupfer / USAG Bamberg Public Affairs

Members of the Bamberg garrison workforce attended an “I’m a Professional” ceremony at the Warner Conference Center Feb. 22. Commissioned and noncommissioned officers, enlisted service members, and U.S. civilian and local national employees raised their right hands and renewed their professional oath of office. “The words reflect our values and our values determine our actions. Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage aren’t just empty words. These values define who we are and how we treat each other,” said Lt. Col. Michelle L. Bienias, USAG Bamberg commander, in her remarks during the ceremony. “As you leave here today I ask that you reflect on the oath you have taken and the values that guide you. Consider how you can make a difference – how you can make life better for yourself and for others.”

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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 Notice DLA Disposition Services Sites in Schweinfurt and Grafenwoehr re-opened Feb. 25 for property turn-in. Reutilization, Transfer, Donation and Hazardous Waste Disposal services will resume March 4. For any urgent matters during this period, the site team can be contacted at 09721-96-8277 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 Exploit old boots for the storage space within. An old pair of boots can serve as an umbrella holder, cane holder or a place for children to keep tiny action figures. the ID card section to update your DEERS information.

Thursday, Feb. 28, 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:// Post-9/11 GI Bill Take advantage of your military benefits. Earn a degree or 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 Eligibility Reporting System information is updated. See 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

Storck focus groups Storck Recreation Center at the Storck Community Activity Center will hold focus groups March 1, April 5 and May 3 from noon to 1 p.m. to get ideas from its clients Send all announcements to Ansbach Public Affairs at usarmy. 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 09841-83Inclement Weather Info For up-to-date information on weather conditions, visit our 4714 or 467-4714. new “What You Should Know when Inclement Weather Comes to USAG Ansbach” at Open House webpages/InclementWeather.asp. You can find the link Storck Recreation Center at the Storck Community to the website under the Weather Information menu item Activity Center holds its open house March 9 from noon to on the left side of the homepage and, when the popup 3 p.m. Visitors can tour the center, enjoy refreshments and see what the center has in store for them. To learn more, menu pops up, select “What you should know.” visit the center on the third floor of Bldg. 6510 Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or call 09841-83Tax Centers Katterbach Tax Center, located on the third floor of the 4714 or 467-4714. 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.

Schoolhouse antiques U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach’s Spouses’ and Civilians’ Club is hosting a schoolhouse antique sale at 10 a.m. March 2 at the Ansbach High School. Attendees have a chance to purchase affordable antiques, win raffle prizes and participate in a basket auction. Light refreshments will be provided and children are welcome. Bring your Value Added Tax forms. There will also be free delivery. All proceeds go to the local community via welfare grants. To learn more, email AER campaign The 2013 Army Emergency Relief campaign takes place from March 1 to May 15. There will be a kickoff ceremony March 5 at the Katterbach Movie Theater from 10 to 11 a.m. and at the Storck Movie Theater from 2 to 3 p.m. The guest speaker will be Col. Eldon Mullins. 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.

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 by Matthew Barber April 21 and Pride and Prejudice adapted by Helen Jerome May 19. Couples communication Storck Army Community Service hosts a class on couples communication. Their next course will be March 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the many ways to say “I love you” and the many ways to show it. To learn more, call 0984183-4555 or 467-4555.

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.

Health Clinic Improvements The Katterbach Health Clinic has a new front entrance Praxis test just in time for the 2013 flu vaccine campaign. Stop by the The next test date for the Praxis series of tests, which Katterbach Health Clinic for your flu shot and experience measure teacher candidates’ knowledge and skills for the renovations, which are designed to improve the patient licensing and certification processes, for the Education experience. Center at Katterbach Kaserne will be April 12. The deadline to request an exam is Feb. 26. To learn more, call Brown Bag Lunch DSN 467-2730 or 09802-93-2730. Bring a lunch and explore a new town with Army Community Service. The meeting place is ACS on the first Volunteers needed at Arts and Crafts Wednesday of every month at Katterbach and the fourth Seeking volunteer and contract teachers one to two times Wednesday of every month at Storck Barracks. Meet at per month for sewing, cake decoration, general crafts and 10:30 a.m. Cost is 10 to 15 Euros. To learn more, call more. Open to all ID cardholders. No experience needed – 09841-83-4555. just a happy personality and a creative idea to share. Send an email to 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 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

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a few bowling towels. To learn more, call Katterbach Bowling Center at 09802-832638 or Storck Bowling Center at 09841-834530. Aerobic Fitness Classes: The Katterbach Physical Fitness Center has added evening classes for after-work customers, including Power Yoga every Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m., circuit training every Thursday from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., and indoor cycling/spin classes Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and Fridays at 6 p.m.

Youth and Teens 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.

Closures and Changes 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 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

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. 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 Weekly Reminders 09841-7200. Safety Hazard on B-13 A safety hazard exists on B-13 between Ansbach and Ansbach Veterinary Clinic Illesheim north of Oberdachstetten, where there is a steep The Veterinary Clinic is open Monday through Thursday decline that goes under a railroad overpass. One lane of from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. The traffic goes down the hill and two lanes of traffic go up the clinic is closed on federal and training holidays. For more information, call 09802-83-3179. hill. Do not pass. Pet Reminder Remember that all pets at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach installations need to be on leashes when outside. Also, pick up after your pets. Used Clothes and Shoes Container We need your help! The used clothes and shoes containers are provided to the community at no cost. Unfortunately, they are often mistreated as garbage bins. Please be sure that only clothes and shoes are placed in these containers. 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.

Bowling Membership Club Card Join the Katterbach and Storck Bowling Center club for $25. The membership is valid for one year and members Safety Training and Information receive $1.50 games, free shoe rental, a free T-shirt and 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. Spouses and Civilians’ Club The Ansbach Spouses and Civilians’ Club is a great way to meet people, develop new interests and get involved with your community. For more information, email 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

Deployment Specials 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. 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. 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 0984183-4880 or DSN 467-4880.

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Bamberg Community Announcements Please send all announcements to Bamberg Public Affairs at

Bamberg Lodging Furniture Sale The Bamberg Inn will host a furniture sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 17. The special sale is open to ID cardholders only. Items for sale will include bedroom furniture, twin and queen size mattresses, and box springs, bed frames, headboards, nightstands, desks, chairs and bed linens. All purchases have to be made with cash. For more information, call the Bamberg Inn at 0951-300-8604 or email

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Opportunities for Single Soldiers, will host the garrison Easter Egg Hunt March 30 at 11 a.m. at Friendship Park. Activities will include an egg hunt, pictures with the Easter Bunny, bounce houses, barbeque and more. Single Soldier Supper There will be a Single Solider Supper at 5:30 p.m. at the Bamberg Community Chapel March 25, April 22, May 20 and June 24. Single Soldiers are invited to enjoy a free, home-cooked meal. For more information or to help with the supper, call Matt and Tina Huisjen at 09502-8037.

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 Bulk Item Pickup Command Europe Regional Director Kathleen Marin. The Directorate of Public Works will pick up bulk items Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the Cool Beans for disposal on the first Monday of the month. The dates Café in the Community Activity Center, Bldg. 7047. To for 2013 are March 4, April 2, June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. learn more, call 0951-300-8624. 2, Oct. 7 and Nov. 4. Spring cleanup will take place in May so bulk pickup will be the week of May 15 to 20. Community Flea Markets Come and sell your unwanted items or search for a great Postal Service Center Hours find at the Community Flea Markets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Beginning April 1, the Postal Service Center opening the second Saturday of the month at Summerall Field near hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the finance the Community Activity Center. Dates for the flea markets windows and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for mail and package are March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, pickup. Official mail pickup will be open from 10 a.m. to Sept. 14 and Oct. 12. practical tools and techniques to build respectful, healthy 12 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. relationships with children and help prepare children for Legally Blonde, The Musical the real world. For more information, to register or to sign BSCC Members-Only Luncheon The Stable Theater presents its winter smash Broadway up for child care, call 0951-300-1570/8141 or send an The Bamberg Spouses and Civilians’ Club will host a musical hit, Legally Blonde, The Musical for eight shows email to members-only Celebrating Women’s History Month during two weekends. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. March luncheon at 11:30 a.m. March 4 at the Warner Conference 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 and 3 p.m. March 17 and 24. Amsterdam and Keukenhof Garden Trip Center. The cost is 10 Euros. Samantha Wudel, station Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for students and Soldiers Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers will be taking manager for the Bamberg American Red Cross office, will and Family members E4 and below. Ask about group and a trip to Amsterdam and Keukenhof Garden April 5 be the guest speaker. deployment discounts. Non-ID cardholder guests can gain through 8. The cost is $395 per person for a double room access by emailing full name, passport number, birth date or $595 for a single room. The price includes roundtrip Bingo and vehicle license plate number at least two working days transportation, three nights in a three-star hotel, three The Bamberg Spouses and Civilians’ Club will host bingo prior to show date. Show contains some adult themes, so breakfasts and a city tour of Amsterdam and a day trip March 8 at the Warner Conference Center. In celebration use discretion with children. For more information or to to Keukenhof Gardens including entrance fee. The trip is of the first bingo game of the new year, the BSCC has reserve tickets, call 0951-300-8647 or send an email to open to single Soldiers, geographical bachelors, married some big prizes including a Wii, Nintendo DS, Kindle, Soldiers and their authorized guests ages 18 and older. To Blu-Ray player and more. Card sales start at 6:30 p.m. and learn more, call Outdoor Recreation at 0951-300-9376 or bingo begins at 7 p.m. Wear green to receive a free bingo Tacos and Turntables contact your local BOSS office. card. For more information, email Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers and the Community Activity Center are teaming up to offer Tacos Lloret De Mar, Spain, Trip Garrison Easter Egg Hunt and Turntables from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 19, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers is heading to Child, Youth and School Services, in partnership with April 16, May 14 and June 11 at the CAC. Enjoy the Lloret De Mar, Spain, May 23 through 27. The cost is Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Better CAC’s taco buffet, which includes two hard or soft tacos $320 per person for a double room or $370 for a single 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 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. 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

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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 Bldg. 7669 or call 0951300-7523. 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.

room. The price includes roun-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 CYSS Track and Field Signups Sign-ups for Child, Youth and School Services Track and Field for youth ages 6 through 14 runs through March 15. 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.

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.

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 Boy Scouts Basics Building, in front of Community Bank and the PX/ Boy Scout Troop # 40 in Bamberg is looking for boys ages Commissary parking lot. 12 and older interested in becoming Boy Scouts. The troop meets every Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., except on By Soldiers - For Soldiers holidays. The boys work on requirements for advancement Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for Warner Barracks and earning merit badges. The troop is also looking for are Wednesdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the adult volunteers and Eagle Scouts to assist with troop Community Activity Center, Room 409. These meetings activities. To learn more, call 0160-1585894. are open to anyone. Duty uniform allowed. For more information, call Kyle at 0151-1775-3880, Brian at 0172271-3626 or Justin at 0151-4642-3940. Closures and Changes

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 Changes for Bamberg CDC their TV favorites onstage in Bamberg. Doors open 2 p.m. Hourly care services at the Bamberg Child Development Admission is free. To learn more, call 0951-300-8647. Center are temporarily reduced to 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There also is currently reduced space at the School Age Center. Space Camp Scholarship Children enrolled in sixth through ninth grade, whose Subway New Hours parent are active-duty military, mobilized guard, Reserve, Subway, located in the Shoppette, will reduce its hours post-9/11 veterans or service members who died while beginning March 1. The new hours will be Monday through serving, can apply for the Military Child Education Bernard Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 Curtis Brown II Memorial Space Camp Scholarship. The 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.

Military Council of Catholic Women The Military Council of Catholic Women meet Thursdays at the chapel. Mass begins at noon, followed by fellowship, lunch and study group from 12:30 to 2 p.m. For more information, email

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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

Schweinfurt Community Announcements

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 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. 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, 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 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Now Showing | 90 Minutes After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel and Gretel have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell-bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches ... their past. R for sequences of intence sci-fi action & violence. Visit for more information.

IN THEATERS • Feb. 28 - March 6 BAMBERG THEATER • 0951-297-3934 Feb. 28 - Skyfall (PG-13) 7 p.m. March 1 - A Good Day to Die Hard (R) 7 p.m. March 2 - Escape from Planet Earth (PG) 3 p.m.; A Good Day to Die Hard (R) 7 p.m. March 3 - Snitch (PG-13) 3 p.m.; Beautiful Creatures (PG-13) 7 p.m. March 4 - Beautiful Creatures (PG-13) 7 p.m. ILLESHEIM THEATER • 09841-83-4546 March 2 - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG-13) 4 p.m.; Identity Thief (R) 8 p.m. March 3 - Wreck-it-Ralph (PG) 3 p.m. KATTERBACH THEATER • 09802-83-1790 Feb. 28 - Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (R) 7 p.m. March 1 - Stand Up Guys (R) 7 p.m. March 2 - Warm Bodies (PG-13) 7 p.m. March 3 - Hotel Transylvania (PG) 3 p.m.; Bullet to the Head (WR) 6 p.m. SCHWEINFURT THEATER • 09721-96-1790 Feb. 28 - Stand Up Guys (R) 7 p.m. March 1 - Identity Thief (R) 7 p.m. March 2 - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG-13) 3:30 p.m.; Identity Thief (R) 7 p.m. March 3 - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG-13) 3:30 p.m.; Identity Thief (R) 7 p.m. March 6 - This is 40 (R) 7 p.m.

Eco-Friendly Tips Water-saving Tips

Don’t use running water to defrost frozen food. Ideally, you should place food in the refrigerator to defrost overnight – this is also the healthiest option. Old drugs and toxic items must not be thrown away in the toilet. These items may end up in your drinking water supply. You can dispose of it with your normal trash, or ask your medical provider about their disposal program.

Energy-saving Tips Unplug battery chargers when the batteries are fully charged or the chargers are not in use. Many chargers draw power continuously, even when the device is not plugged into the charger. Idling your car’s engine, whether you’re waiting for the kids or sitting in a burger joint’s drive-thru, wastes a surprising amount of gas and adds lots of tailpipe emissions to the air. Turn the car off when you can.

Recycling Ensure no plastic is in your paper bin. Milk and juice cartons and laminated paper go into the plastic bin. Did you know – if you recycle your plastics, you contribute to the life of marine animals? Fish and other marine life die because they feed off small things swimming in the ocean, and a lot of plastics that are not disposed of properly make their way into the water.

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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 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 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. 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. 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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Was ist los in Franken?

By Bianca Sowders, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs Classic Guitar Concert in Ansbach Ulrich Rasche, a classic guitarist, will play music of the Renaissance and Baroque in a guitar concert on Friday, March 1, at 8 p.m. at the Ansbacher Kammerspiele (Maximilianstr. 27a). Tickets are available through

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 get in touch with the listed point of contact for exact starting times, updates and detailed location information. For other locations within Germany, check the website Here is a quick look at upcoming Volksmarches in Franconia: •

March 2 and 3 in Gerach (5/10 km) - Radfahr- u. Wanderverein Edelweiß Gerach e.V. 09544/1087 – Start time: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Laimbachtal-Halle

March 9 and 10 in Ansbach – Elpersdorf (5/10/20 km) Deutsch-Amerikanischer Wanderclub e.V. Ansbach, 0981/77131 or 0172/7871041, Start time: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Autohaus Oppel in Elpersdorf

Bamberger Volkslauf The popular Bamberg Run, a winter charity race, takes place March 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. International Easter Egg Market in Erlangen An International Ostereiermarkt takes place at the Redoutensaal im Markgrafen-Theater (Wasserturmstr. 16) in Erlangen this weekend, March 2 and 3. More than 40 egg artists present their creations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; for more details visit Trade and Technology Market in Bad Windsheim More than 50 local exhibitors present their trades at the Handwerk& Technik-Markt at the Kur & Kongress-Center Bad Windsheim (Erkenbrechtallee 2) March 2 and 3. The market is open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

AAFES Corner

Salsa Night in Bamberg The alsa 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 other places; also offered will be Bachata from the Domenican Republic and Merengue and Kizomba. For more information call 0176- 9631-8440 or check Oldie-Rock’n’Roll-Musiknacht at Wolframs-Eschenbach The annual pub crawl in Wolframs-Eschenbach with live bands in several locations takes place March 2, starting at 8 p.m. For more information go to 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. www. Learn German with the Volkshochschule The Volkshochschule is an adult learning program supported by German communities; almost every town has a Volkshochschule offering courses in all kinds of directions: here you can learn a new language, participate in health and sports programs, discover your creative side or take trips. The Volkshochschule Ansbach is starting its new program in March; beginners and intermediate German courses start March 5 and 7 at Platen-Gymnasium (Bahnhofsplatz 15). The office is on MartinLuther-Platz 1 downtown and the ladies are glad to help customers find the perfect course (English is spoken). Contact them at www., email or call (0981) 51 311. 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 to 10; visitors will find information on wellness and beauty, traveling, fitness and healthy diets. Opening hours are Friday 2 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Saturday 10 a.m. toW 6 p.m. Admission fee for adults is 6 Euros; children and family tickets are available. For more information go to

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