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

Vol. 10, Issue 21 • •

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Ansbach High School JROTC holds change of command By Bryan Gatchell, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs ANSBACH, Germany – At the Ansbach Middle/High School stadium May 16, students gathered to watch the change of command of the high school’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps battalion. Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Rahim Beatty passed responsibility to Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Mikaela Portugal. Cadet Lt. Col. Xavier Rodriguez passed command to Cadet Lt. Col. Joshua Pleake. The Ansbach High School JROTC program is one of the more robust JROTC programs in Europe. Fifty-seven percent of the high school is enrolled in the program, which is a high participation for a Department of Defense Europe school and considerably higher than the 12 percent national average. The cadet formal inspection results for 2012 were 99.3 percent, the highest in Europe. Col. Kelly J. Lawler, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach commander, oversaw the change of command and commended the battalion for their achievements. “You take over a fine-tuned unit that continuously meets high standards,” said Lawler. “I have the greatest confidence in both of you as the new command team. Good luck. Take care of your Soldiers, and they will take care of you.”

Bryan Gatchell / USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

Col. Kelly J. Lawler, left, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, hands the Ansbach High School JROTC colors to Cadet Lt. Col. Joshua Pleake, officially transferring command to Pleake during the JROTC battalion’s change of command May 16. Pleake takes over for Cadet Lt. Col. Xavier Rodriguez, third from left, who graduates from high school this year.

“We pride ourselves in letting our cadets be in charge and setting the example,” said Rodriguez in his speech to the crowd. “Leadership is about responsibility and you have proven to me and the school that you

1-91 CAV prepares Soldiers, families for move to Grafenwoehr By Jessica Jacobs, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs SCHWEINFURT, Germany – At a recent “We’re Moving” town hall, hosted by 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry, leadership May 13, Soldiers and family members had a glimpse at how the upcoming move to Grafenwoehr will unfold. “It was definitely great to get everyone on the same page. We were able to answer a lot of questions and get a lot of information out there,” said 1st Lt. Mark Sudimack, a 1-91 CAV point of contact for the move. “It was good to have the Graf representatives there to explain what is really going on.” Those who attended the town

hall were provided with stepby-step instructions that detailed what they need to do before their permanent change of station. The Soldiers and family members also had an opportunity to gain information from the U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr housing, schools, transportation and finance agencies. The relocation of the 1-91 CAV to Grafenwoehr stems from an official decision from the Department of Defense in conjunction with the restructuring of U.S. Army Europe. For more on getting on the housing list in Grafenwoehr, visit the USAG Schweinfurt closure blog. (MOVE, on Page 3)

are capable of doing the right thing. I charge you now to take it one step further next year and take it outside of JROTC. Be an influence in the school and don’t only do the right (JROTC, on Page 3)

Red Cross recognizes volunteerism at luncheon

Julie Swenson / Special to USAG Bamberg Public Affairs

Stephanie Crain, center, was named Volunteer of the Year by the USAG Bamberg Red Cross at the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon May 22 at the Warner Conference Center. Crain was one of 42 volunteers who contributed more than 5,000 hours to the Bamberg community.

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USAREUR CG: Memorial Day time to reflect on national sacrifice Monuments Commission 24 USAREUR Team, American cemeteries and 25 This month Americans memorial monuments and around the world will pause to markers in 15 countries, most observe Memorial Day. Since of which are in U.S. Army its first official proclamation Europe’s area of responsibility. as Decoration Day May 5, I encourage you to take time 1868, and its first observance during your tour to visit some of May 30, 1868, it has been a these historical sites; I promise day of remembrance for those you a somber, yet inspirational who sacrificed and died in our experience. Even more special Nation’s service. Born from is an experience taking part the tradition across many of the Lt. Gen. Donald in the many special Memorial towns affected with losses from Campbell Day observances held at these the Civil War, mourners from these areas honored all of their war dead by special and hallowed places. As we emerge from over a decade of war, decorating grave markers with flowers. Calling to mind the history and tradition we must renew our pledge on this Memorial of Decoration Day, I ask that you all put Day to do all we can to ensure that the special effort into the “memorial” part of this sacrifices of our service members and their holiday. Living and serving in Europe gives families are honored, and that those who fell all of us the unique opportunity to travel and in battle are remembered. They fought for explore the vast cultural and historical sites us. Our duty is to fight to make sure they are here. Among those are the American Battle never forgotten. As Americans, that must be

our charge and our sacred mission not just on Memorial Day, but every day. To those who died securing peace and freedom, to those who served in conflict to protect our land and to preserve the hope of our Nation in keeping America free for over two centuries, we owe our thanks and our honor. It is important to not only recognize their service, but also respect their devotion to duty and ensure that the purpose for which they fought will never be forgotten. This Memorial Day, I also ask you to remember that you have an obligation to those you love, to those that you serve with and to those in your community – it is to remember and celebrate the lives of our Fallen safely and responsibly. I am truly grateful for your service and great support to our Nation and it is an honor to serve beside each and every one of you here in United States Army Europe. Strong Soldiers, Strong Teams! – Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell

During Memorial Day weekend, everyone should be mindful of safety USAG Ansbach Safety Office On Memorial Day in cities across the world, Americans will gather with loved ones, friends and neighbors to celebrate freedom. Others will gather at monuments or in public places and pause in a moment of remembrance. U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach team members know firsthand the devastating effects of war and the cost of freedom – loss of loved ones, friends and neighbors. Streets, buildings and even some sons and daughters are named after these fallen heroes. The absence of those who have fallen is felt keenly almost daily for some; for others it is felt in quiet moments during times of reflection. USAG Ansbach must never forget its fallen and its country’s fallen heroes, and must not let their sacrifice be in vain. Instead, Ansbach must rejoice in and embrace their precious 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, Aritta Lane, Bana Miller

Renate Bohlen USAG Bamberg, Public Affairs Officer

Schweinfurt Staff Spc. Latoya Dallas, Margaret Gotheridge

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Soldiers barbecue in this file photo. Whether barbecuing, attending ceremonies, traveling or more on Memorial Day, safety is crucial.

gift – freedom. When lighting the barbecue this weekend, community members should pause to remember the lights that shone so fiercely and brightly – the Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen – whose lives 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

were extinguished all too quickly and whose spirit is seen in the smiles and laughter of their fellow Americans enjoying freedom around the globe. As you enjoy freedom, please do so responsibly and safely. There is an element of risk in everything you do; through proper planning, exercising sound risk management and appropriate use of personal protective equipment (seat belts, helmets, personal flotation device and more) you may prevent serious injury or loss of life. Drink responsibly; alcohol when combined with water-related activities, vehicle operation or other high-risk activities is a recipe for disaster. Some risks are not worth taking. Enjoy your time off, relish your freedom, celebrate smartly and return safely and soundly to your Army Family, healthy and ready to meet the mission. 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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Image by Leslie Brians / USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

The 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry, held a “We’re Moving” town hall for Soldiers and family members, May 13, to discuss the upcoming re-stationing to Grafenwoehr. Families were briefed by Grafenwoehr agencies.

(JROTC, from Page 1) thing but do it when no one is looking.” Among the battalion’s accomplishments were a physical training pancake breakfast attended by hundreds of people; the return of their unit colors from Afghanistan by the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, their sponsoring unit; and the completion of a ropes course and an obstacle course. Pleake, who has been with the JROTC for four years, wants to continue the battalion’s accomplishments and expand upon them during his tenure as commander. “I want to maintain everything we’ve been doing, and hopefully do more events like the ropes course and obstacle course, add more military training,” he said. Pleake has been with the battalion since joining when he became a high school student.

Thursday, May 23, 2013 (MOVE, from Page 1) With a population of nearly 40,000 throughout the Grafenwoehr, Vilseck and Garmisch area, along with the deactivation of the 172nd Infantry Brigade, Grafenwoehr is prepared to welcome incoming families, said Jim Van Patten, director of plans, training, mobilization and security at USAG Grafenwoehr. The 1-91 CAV’s recent return home from a nine-month deployment has not allowed for an expedited relocation process, even though the regiment is scheduled to complete their move by the end of summer. “We’re currently waiting on orders to be cut, which is taking place right now; unfortunately you can’t do a whole lot without those

orders,” said Sudimack. “Until then going to your transportation and EFMP (exceptional family members program) briefings are tasks that have to be completed by the individual prior to the move.” Soldiers and family members who need additional information should email 1st Lt. Kyle Chambers, Movement Officer in Charge at or call DSN 353-8401, should email 1st Lt. David Frye of housing at, or should email 1st Lt. Mark Sudimak of Schools and Child Youth and School Services at or call DSN 353-8401.

His sister was the battalion commander two years ago, and being with the battalion was something natural to him. “You start out at the bottom and you work your way to the top, and everyone levels out at some point,” said Pleake. “I’ve been in the military my whole life, and I’ve always worked the hardest at JROTC because I felt at home with it. It’s always something I’ve wanted to do. It’s my goal to go into the military eventually.” Included in the pageantry of the ceremony were a drill team demonstration and a 1940s dance number to the tune of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” in honor of retired Sgt. 1st Class Paul Parent, a World War II veteran in attendance at the ceremony. Right: The Ansbach High School JROTC drill team marches in step during their battalion’s change of command May 16.

Oklahoma Guard responds to Moore devastation for search, security assistance

ARLINGTON, Va. – Nearly 250 members of the Oklahoma National Guard were assisting Tuesday with victim search and security in Moore, Okla., where a monster tornado left at least 51 dead, including 20 children, authorities said. The twister hit Monday about 3:15 P.M. (CDT), when children were still in two elementary schools in the Oklahoma City suburb. The tornado, packing winds of up to 200 mph, tore off the roof of Plaza Towers Elementary ... To learn more, click here.

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Sergeant Major of the Army honors service members ARLINGTON, Va. – The Army’s top enlisted advisor, along with senior enlisted advisors from sister services, took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, May 18, in honor of Armed Forces Day. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III joined his counterparts from the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, as well as the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Following the wreath-laying, Chandler and the other enlisted advisors – Chief Master Sergeant ... To learn more, click here.

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Commentary: How to forward an address when PCSing By Larry Baricuatro, USAG Schweinfurt Postmaster [Editor’s note: From working 20 years in the Army postal service, Larry Baricuatro, U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt postmaster, has seen how frustrated Soldiers, family members and civilian employees can get when their mail isn’t properly forwarded to their next location. In the column below, Baricuatro gives advice on how to expediently get mail delivered to a new location] SCHWEINFURT, Germany – Many of you will be processing and moving out of here shortly. To make sure that your mail doesn’t pile up here in Schweinfurt, you will need to forward your mail to your next duty station or an address stateside. Getting this done is an easy process. During your mandatory predeployment preparation out you will need to out process with your mail room. This just simply means that you will need to go to your community mail room, or CMR, and inform the window clerk that you are leaving. You will then be handed PS3955 form to fill out. The form

can be completed right then and there at the window counter. This form tells us where we will need to forward you mail. If you are relocating to Grafenwoehr or any other military duty station in Europe, it is still mandatory for you to come into the CMR and let us know your new address. For one year, we will forward any first-class mail we receive and also forward your magazine subscriptions for 60 days to your new location. If you don’t fill out the form or let us know that you are leaving, we are sometimes able to contact units to find out where an individual has moved to, but with units shutting down or moving this may be difficult in the future. Failure to out-process at the CMR will cause major delays in receiving your mail in a timely manner. We will do everything in our power to get that mail to that person, but we need your help. If you have questions all you need to do is ask the window service or postal clerks and they will assist you.

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Water Safety: Know the risk before you take the plunge USAG Ansbach Safety Office ANSBACH, Germany – Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. The warmer weather means it is time to look for places to take a dip to cool off on the hot spring and summer days. Swimming in Germany brings unique challenges. Unlike the United States, many public swimming pools, lakes and water parks employ lifesavers rather than lifeguards. In the United States, the lifeguard supervises the safety and rescue of swimmers, surfers, and other water sports participants at swimming pools, water parks and beaches. Lifeguards are strong swimmers. They are trained in first aid and certified in water rescue using a variety of aids and equipment. Lifeguards are present to prevent as well as respond to aquatic emergencies. All lifeguards are trained in lifesaving and rescue techniques, so all lifeguards are lifesavers in the United States. However, in Germany not all lifesavers are lifeguards. A lifesaver may or may not have the same skill set as a lifeguard. In some instances,

lifesavers may only be capable of performing elementary assists such as reaching, throwing, wading or rowing – not necessarily by a swimming rescue. Lifesavers provide basic first aid and lay-responder CPR. The skill set is determined by the owner of the swimming area. The days and time periods when emergency services are available will vary, as such it is best to call best to call ahead and check with the site’s management to determine when and what type of emergency services (lifeguard or lifesaver) they provide onsite. Regardless of the type of emergency services (lifeguard or lifesaver) provided, parents and guardians must maintain responsibility of their and their family’s safety. Parents and guardians must always supervise their children when they are in or near any body of water. Children who know how to swim are still at risk of drowning. All children must be supervised in the water, no matter how well they swim. Infants, toddlers and weak swimmers should have an adult swimmer within arm’s reach to provide

“touch supervision.” Parents and guardians should invest in properly fitting Coast Guard-approved flotation devices (life vests) and use them whenever a child is near water. Weight and size recommendations are on the label, the child should try it on to make sure it fits snugly. Children younger than 5 years old should have a vest with a strap between the legs and head support; the collar will keep the child’s head up and face out of the water. Inflatable vests and arm devices such as water wings are not effective protection against drowning. The water in some of the surrounding lakes and ponds are murky. As such, swimmers should never dive head or feet first into the water. Swimmers should always wade into unknown water to determine its depth. The depth of a lake can change without notice and hidden or unexpected rocks, branches or water temperature can easily take a swimmer by surprise. Swimming in lakes and ponds presents (WATER, on Page 5)

Vol. 10, Issue 21 (WATER, from Page 4) another concern – water-borne bacteria. Many of the lakes and ponds are connected to farms and host wildlife. Even if the water looks clear, clean and inviting, it may be unhealthy due to the local bacteria and germ population. The district of Weissenburg, which includes the City of Gunzenhausen, tests local public lakes and ponds monthly from May 15 through Sept. 2 for bacteria growth and post the results at their website at,420. This information is also posted on the garrison Facebook when it becomes available. Bacteria can float downstream after periods of significant rainfall. It is advisable to avoid natural swimming areas after rainfall. That’s when large amounts of contaminants are flushed into bodies of water. It’s best to swim in well-maintained private or municipal pools – never in cattle ponds or

Page 5 water troughs. Any local lake may look good but still teem with harmful bacteria. Consult the District of Weissenburg website at www.,420 or the garrison Facebook for any closures, warnings or reports. The safety office will try to post this information when it becomes available from the District of Weissenburg but recommends you call ahead to your destination for an upto-date status of the quality of the water. Regardless of the reports, however, some lakes and ponds have been placed off limits for DoD personnel (military, family members and U.S. civilians). To find out more about water safety, call the safety office at 468-1670. Swimming is a fun, healthy recreational exercise that provides relief on a sunny hot day. With the proper precaution and care, it’s an excellent way to enjoy the afternoon.

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In this file photo, several people enjoy swimming in a lake. When swimming outdoors in Germany, it is a good idea to check ahead to check for contaminant warnings. To learn more about water safety, call the U.S. Army Garrison Safety Office at 468-1670.

Settling in Germany: June 6 seminar for Americans immigrating to Germany By Mary Ritzmann, Schweinfurt VFW Ladies Auxiliary SCHWEINFURT, Germany – Did you know that Americans seeking to settle in Germany are entitled – under certain circumstances – to take an integration course, cost-free, which will assist learning the German language and culture? Did you know that many, though not all, American driver licenses are automatically convertible to the German system with no further driving courses or exorbitant costs required? Did you know that Army and Department of Defense retirees in Germany are not forbidden from working in Germany and are even entitled to enter the German health care system once they start working? These and many other facts will be discussed June 6 at 6 p.m. at the Conn Community Club during an information seminar “Settling in Germany.” The Pan-American Club and the Integrationsbeirat (Integration Council) of Schweinfurt – in partnership with the Soldier and Family Assistance Center and Army Community Service – are sponsoring this seminar for Americans who wish to stay in Germany following the closure of the USAG Schweinfurt. Many members of the Schweinfurt Military Community recently attended the Schweinfurt Job Information Day at the Mercure Hotel April 13. During this event, members of the Pan-American Club collected many questions and concerns from visiting Americans. The seminar June 6 is in direct response to input received at the April 13 event and is intended to meet the unique needs of the Schweinfurt community. In short, the goal of the seminar is both to inform you and debunk

Nathan Van Schaik / USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

The Rathaus in downtown Schweinfurt. Americans who consider staying in Germany following the closure of the USAG Schweinfurt are invited to attend a seminar June 6 at 6 p.m. at the Conn Community Club.

the myths often associated with immigrating to Germany. While it is true that integrating into a new community can be difficult, there are many resources available in the city to assist you staying here in Schweinfurt beyond base closure. Even if it is your intent to settle in a German community other than Schweinfurt, the information presented at this seminar will help you in your goal. Presentations will be made on behalf of the Volkshochschule (Community College) of Schweinfurt, the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Job Center), the Paritätischer Wohlfarhtsverband, the ABBI Project and the Ausländerbehörde (Immigration Office) of

Schweinfurt. Topics will include where to obtain language classes and certification, how to search for a job, the German medical system and the process for receiving a resident permit for Germany. Following the formal presentations, you will have the opportunity to direct questions to the subject-matter experts. English-SpanishGerman translators will be on hand to ensure that your questions are properly understood and answered. For further information regarding the seminar, call 0160-934-19632 or email

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SHS student filmmakers produce various short films By Zackery DeHart, Schweinfurt High School SCHWEINFURT, Germany – In the last quarter of the 2013 school year at Schweinfurt High School, the video communications students are stepping up to show that they’ve still got creative work to do. Under the tutelage of teacher Zachary Cyphers, seven students prepared themselves for the DoDDS-Europe Film Festival. After a lot of work and fine-tuning, Kalyn Sligh, a sophomore in Cyphers’ class, submitted her work to be judged in the festival. “It’s nerve wracking to get feedback from someone other than Mr. Cyphers,” Sligh said. Ethan Bryant submitted his action movie trailer, “Bananas 2: Time to Peel” to be judged in hopes that it would make the judges laugh. Taking his time with his video, Jack McCauley created a mockumentary called, “Infected: A Zombie Story.” With special effects make-up and the aid of others in his class, he created a bare bones video in the hopes of entertaining and enlightening the judges with his take on the school zombie problem. Nobody likes a bad sport, and that is exactly what theme Lajuarren Burks addressed in his public service announcement titled, “Show Good Sportsmanship.” Burks enjoyed making his video and said, “I took my time and made sure to record everything just right. … I like making videos and I don’t care who watches.”

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Jack McCauley, left, and Ethan Bryant, right, demonstrate the need for good sportsmanship in Lajuarren Burks’ “Show Good Sportsmanship.” Schweinfurt High School students have been experimenting in film-making.

“I’m so proud of my video students,” Cyphers said. “They’ve worked so hard this quarter writing, storyboarding, shooting and editing their videos. I believe these are the best work that our school has produced yet, and I’m excited to see SHS represented at the fest this year.” The SHS video communications class

has uploaded a few of the videos online and would like for everyone to enjoy them. To watch the videos, visit https://euschools. and type “Schweinfurt” into the search bar. [Editor’s note: Zackery DeHart, a 12th grader at Schweinfurt High School, regularly contributes to]

Illesheim Elementary School spring carnival Above: The inflatable bouncy castle keeps the children entertained and lets them expend some of their energy at the Illesheim Elementary School spring carnival May 17.

Photos by Thomas Hamilton / USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

Left: Giggles the clown entertains the children with magic tricks and creating animals and other items from balloons as they enter the Illesheim Elementary School spring carnival May 17.

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USAG Ansbach hosts drill meet between other Army JROTC in Germany

Photos by Bryan Gatchell / USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

During a drill meet between several Junior ROTC units from Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Europe May 18 at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, Cadet Devin Paredez of Bamberg High School walks unscathed through a gauntlet of rifles being tossed during the team exhibition.

Above: The JROTC drill team representing USAG Schweinfurt performs their team drill May 18 at the multi-garrison JROTC drill meet at USAG Ansbach. Right: Cadet Jordan Salvador, Ansbach High School JROTC, performs during the individual drill competition May 18 at Katterbach Kaserne during a multi-garrison JROTC drill meet. Salvador scored second in his category.

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Franconia Military Community Announcements Soldier Show cancellation, alternatives The Soldiers Show will not perform in Europe this year. Shows planned for May in Bamberg, Schweinfurt and Ansbach will not take place. The Soldiers Show hopes to return in 2014. There are, however, many other fun events to keep community members entertained over the next few months. In Schweinfurt there will be the city of Schweinfurt’s Volksfest May 31 through June 10 and an Independence Day celebration July 4. To learn more, visit At Bamberg, there will be a Memorial Day golf tournament May 25, Jess Penner concert at Engineer Lake June 14, Independence Day events July 4 and the Sesame Street Show July 12. To learn more, visit In Ansbach, there will be the Army birthday and run for fallen Soldiers at Urlas Housing June 13, Korn concert at Katterbach Kaserne July 2, Independence Day events at Katterbach July 4 and Sesame Street at Katterbach July 17. To learn more, visit Savings fund application warning The Apple App Store is offering a free iPhone application called TSP Funds that is not sanctioned by the Thrift Savings Plan. The app asks TSP participants for their account login information. TSP recommends that participants not use the TSP Funds app to access their TSP accounts because using the app could result in a security risk to their accounts. 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. Bicycle fines increase The German parliament has approved increases in the fines for bicycle offenses. Failing to use a bike path or riding without a light now costs 20 euros instead of 15 starting this month. The fine for biking through a pedestrian zone is now 15 euros instead of 10. Parking a car on a bike path costs 20 to 30 euros. DLA Disposition Services Sites Notice DLA Disposition Services Sites in Schweinfurt and Grafenwoehr have re-opened for property turn-in. Reutilization, Transfer, Donation and Hazardous Waste Disposal services has also resumed. For any urgent matters, the site team can be called at 09721-96-8277 in

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Recycling idea Purchasing products made from recycled material, such as recycled paper, reduces the need to cut down trees for paper. 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.

Thursday, May 23, 2013 of your command about suspected acts of misconduct, you have the absolute right to remain silent. You have the right to refuse to answer any question, even from your commander, and you have the right to talk to an attorney. If questioned, you should immediately demand to speak to an attorney. As a Soldier, you are entitled to free consultation and representation by a military defense counsel. All communications with a trial defense attorney are privileged and will not be released to your command. Let a U.S. Army trial defense attorney help you. To learn more, speak with a free trial defense attorney. Teen Stress The National Military Family Association has created a kit to give the people in military teens’ lives a way to help them manage stress and affirm the positive aspects of military life. To obtain a copy of the tool kit and learn more, visit enewsletters/military-family-topics/operation-purplehealing.html.

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 secondCID Seeks Qualified Soldiers The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, place winner receives a $3,000 award and the third-place commonly known as CID, is recruiting qualified Soldiers winner receives $1,000. To learn more, visit www.vfw. who are interested in pursuing a career as a federal law org/Community/Scout-of-the-Year-Scholarship. enforcement officer. To learn more, visit Post-9/11 GI Bill mil/join_CID.html. Earn a degree or skill with your Post-9/11 GI Bill. Find out more about your benefits by visiting Army Suggestion Program The Army Suggestion Program encourages Soldiers, civilians and any concerned individuals to submit ideas Utility Tax Relief Services regarding how the Army can increase efficiency and cut The Tax Relief Office offers a new service for U.S. Army costs. Approved suggestions are assessed on how much Garrison Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt customers. they save the Army and can earn individuals thousands With the implementation of the Utility Avoidance of dollars. To learn more or to submit an idea, Army Program, customers can sign up and save 19 percent tax Knowledge Online registered users can visit the ASP on their utilities. To learn more, call the Warner Barracks’ website at Those Tax Relief Office at 0951-300-1780, Ledward Barracks’ unable to access AKO can submit a DA Form 1045 to their Tax Relief Office at 09721-96-1780, Bismark Kaserne’s Tax Relief Office at 09802-83-1780 or Storck Barracks’ installation coordinator. Tax Relief Office at 09841-83-4553. OneSource Mobile Army OneSource is now available for smartphone Little league coach, manager volunteers browsers. The launch of a mobile device version will The Bavaria Military Community American Little League optimize Army OneSource the mobile experience for is searching for team managers and assistant coaches for its tournament teams to play in the little league district visitors. Visit today. and regional tournaments this summer. Coaches in the Grafenwöhr, Vilseck, Schweinfurt, Bamberg, Hohenfels, Get EFMP Registered Is your Soldier coming back from deployment? If your Ansbach and Garmisch areas are eligible to apply for these Soldier is receiving orders to another location, it is not too volunteer positions. To learn more, email graflittleleague@ early to start your Exceptional Family Member Program, call 0160-9758-7889 or 09641-4545359 or paperwork. Family members can start the paperwork now. visit!/graflittleleague. Your local Army Community Service EFMP manager can assist in determining what you need to do. Remember, if you have someone registered in EFMP, the registration has to be updated every three years or when the condition changes. Sexual Assault Your Sexual Assault Response Coordinator is available 24 hours a day. Call 0162-510-2917 for the 24-hour hotline. 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. Trial Defense Services If you’re a Soldier and you are questioned by law enforcement, Criminal Investigation Division or members

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through Thursdays and be open from 5 p.m. to midnight Fridays, from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturdays and from 2 to 9 p.m. Sundays. To learn more, call 09841-83-4584 or DSN 467-4584.

Volunteer recognition The 2013 US Army Garrison Ansbach Volunteer Recognition Ceremony takes place June 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Storck Community Activity Center, Bldg. 6510. To Motorcycle rally The Franconia Military Community holds a motorcycle learn more, email or call 09802rally and group ride to Geiselwind May 31. There will be 83-2883 or DSN 467-2883. on-site registration at Storck Barracks from 8 to 8:30 a.m., motorcycle safety training and mandatory pre-ride briefing Community Activity Center activities from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., the group ride to Geiselwind from Storck Recreation Center’s Community Activity Center 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and a barbecue at Warrior Zone at holds its Pool Night Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m., Paint Your Storck Barracks from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Deadline to register Own Pottery Wednesdays from 1 to 6 p.m., cards and is May 24 and can be done online at games Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Stitch and Hook mil/safety/miscellaneous/ansbach_MCSafety_Day_ Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To learn more, visit the Registration/Mc_online_registration.htm. Eligible community activity center on the third floor of Bldg. 6510 participants include Soldiers, retirees, family members and at Storck Barracks from Tuesday through Saturday from Department of Defense civilians. The first 100 participants 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or call 09841-83-4714 or DSN 467-4714. Community

will receive hands-on training. All others will complete classroom training on site. Times may vary depending on weather, traffic conditions and number of participants. To learn more, call the garrison safety office at 09811-837780 or DSN 468-7780.

Finance counselors Personal finance counselors are available in Ansbach and Storck. If you would like assistance resolving financial problems or want to make sure you are on the right path financially, text or call a counselor today. For Ansbach, call or text 01520-448-2856; for Storck, call or text 01523Little Shop of Horrors - The Youth Sports office at Barton Barracks has closed. Terrace Playhouse presents Little Shop of Horrors, the 665-2554. The director will be available by phone at 01609-89-05899. comedy horror rock musical about a hapless florist shop - The SKIES office at Barton Barracks has closed. The worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood Tax centers and flesh. The musical plays May 31, June 1, 3 and 4 at Katterbach Tax Center, located on the third floor of the director will be available by phone at 0160-989-05896. 7:30 p.m. and June 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available now ACS building, is open now. The Tax Center at Storck is - The Family Child Care has temporarily relocated to at Concierge in the Von Steuben Community Center at open now with regular hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-in Katterbach School Age Center, Bldg. 5515, 09802-83Bismarck Kaserne or by phone with a credit card at 09802- customers will be accepted; however, it is recommended to 2632 or DSN 467-2632. make an appointment to avoid unnecessary waiting time. - The Youth Center has been co-located with the Katterbach 83-2930 or DSN 467-2930 or at the door. Call Katterbach Tax Center at DSN 467-2324 or 09802- School Age Center, Bldg. 5515, 09802-83-2632 or DSN 832324 and Storck Tax Center at DSN 467-4511 or 09841- 467-2632, and to the Storck School Age Center, Bldg. Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage 6706, 09841-83-4733 or DSN 467-4733. The search is on for community members to participate in 834511. - The CYSS coordinator’s office at Barton Barracks has the Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Observance closed. The director will be available by phone at 01797May 31 at 4 p.m. at the Katterbach Physical Fitness Center. Sidewalk Saturdays Cook your best food recipe to sample, perform a dance, Ansbach Spouses and Civilians Club Thrift Shop at 67-0209. tell us a story of your forefathers or play a song on the Katterbach Kaserne conducts Sidewalk Saturdays every Also, all CYSS facilities will close May 24 for in-service ukulele. Whatever your talent is, show it off! Call 09802- first Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you training. To learn more, call 09811-83-7306 or DSN 468are looking for a new venue to vend your wares, visit the 7306. 83-2549 or DSN 467-2549 today to talk details. Thrift Store’s Facebook page or email asccthriftshop@ Bowling schedule changes Storck Warrior Zone hours The U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Family and Morale, Please remember that effective this week, the Warrior Welfare and Recreation program is making an immediate Zone at Storck Barracks will be operation with new Closures and changes but temporary change to the Katterbach Bowling Center’s opening hours. The Warrior Zone will be closed Mondays B14 Resurfacing Resurfacing of the road that is currently in progress on B14 near the entrance to Urlas Housing and Shipton Kaserne will continue but will move toward the city of Ansbach. Because of this, temporary modifications to normal traffic patterns will take place. Drivers travelling from the city of Ansbach to Shipton or Urlas will be guided through a detour (or Umleitung) that will lead to the Kaufland shopping complex and the Windmill (Windmüle) hotel. Drivers traveling from Urlas or Shipton to Katterbach will be detoured through the village of Obereichenbach. Detour signs will be easy to see. There is no date yet as to when the resurfacing of the road will be complete; plan accordingly when traveling to Urlas or Shipton. CYSS shortage Due to a critical staffing shortage in Child, Youth and School Services, patrons will experience temporary relocations and reductions in CYSS as described below. Patrons may also experience limited availability for hourly care and longer than usual wait times for other services. Normal business operations resume May 28. Temporary changes to service include the following: - Parent Central Services has relocated to Katterbach School Age Center, Bldg. 5515, 09802-83-2632 or DSN 467-2632, and to Storck School Age Center, Bldg. 6706, 09841-83-4733 or DSN 467-4733.

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older. Practices are Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. The team will play scrimmage games against German teams, play open tournaments at other bases in Germany and play upcoming seasons in the IMCOM Europe tournament. To learn more, call Katterbach Physical Fitness Center at 09802-83-2771 or DSN 467-2771. Fun runs USAG Ansbach and Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s sports and fitness division holds several fun runs throughout the summer, including the Army Birthday Run for the Fallen June 14, the Independence Day 5and 10-kilometer run at 10 a.m. June 29, the Color Run for Prevention 5-kilometer run at Katterbach Kaserne at 10 a.m. July 20 and more. Register at Katterbach and Storck physical fitness centers now or register up to one hour before each race begins. To learn more about each particular race, call Katterbach Physical Fitness Center at 09802-83-2771 or DSN 467-2771 or Storck Physical Fitness Center at 09841-83-4582 or DSN 467-4582. Golf team The U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Community Golf Team has been newly formed. Team membership is open to both men and women ID card holders 18 years and older and out of high school. Prospective members should have a operational hours with the goal to expand services and be handicap of 24 or lower. To learn more, call 09802-83- to change. To learn more or to register, call Katterbach open 7 days a week by October. The new limited hours 2085 or DSN 467-2085. CDC/SAC at 09802-83-2533 or 467-2533 or Storck ACS/ are Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursdays and CDC at 09841-83-4880 or 467-4880. Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 2 to 8 Intramural Volleyball U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach holds intramural volleyball p.m., Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. and closed Mondays, FRG Child Care Night Tuesdays and U.S. holidays. The Strike Zone kitchen games Tuesdays at Storck Physical Fitness Facility Child care is available for mission-related family readiness closes at 7 p.m. every day except Sundays when it will be and Thursdays at Katterbach PFF. To learn more, call group meetings on the second and fourth Wednesday of open from noon to 6 p.m. To learn more, call the FMWR Katterbach PFF at 09802-83-2771 or 467-2771 or Storck each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To learn more, call Business Operations officer at 0981-183-7336 or DSN PFF at 09841-83-4582 or 467-4582. Parent Central Services at 09841-83-4880 or 09802-83468-7336, or the Katterbach Bowling Center at 09802-832533. Youth and teens 2638 or DSN 467-2638. Meet the Mids During “Meet the Mids,” all incoming sixth grade students, their parents and current Ansbach Middle/High School Unit softball USAG Ansbach unit softball league games begin at 5:30 seventh grade students are invited to an evening of fun, p.m. May 23 at Katterbach Softball Field and 7 p.m. May games and dinner May 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Students can 28 at Storck Softball Field. To learn more, call 09802-83- greet old friends and meet new friends. 2810 or DSN 467-2810. EFMP bowling The Exceptional Family Member Program holds family 3 on 3 There will be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament June 1 at the bowling at Katterbach and Storck bowling centers June 3, Katterbach Physical Fitness Center. Register at Katterbach July 22 and Aug. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is subject or Storck physical fitness centers. To learn more, call to cancellation if minimum number of sign-ups is not met. To learn more, call 09802-83-2883 or 467-2883. 09802-83-2771 or DSN 467.2771. Sports, health and fitness

CYSS fall sports registration Women’s volleyball The USAG Ansbach women’s community volleyball team Child, Youth and School Services holds registration for fall is looking for new players. Players must be 18 years or sports now through June 3. If parents wish to sign their children up for pee-wee soccer, minor soccer, bantam soccer, junior soccer, bantam flag football, cheerleading or bowling, they can sign up at Parent Central Services. Parent Central Services is located at Bldg. 5818 at Katterbach Kaserne, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and at Storck Barracks in Bldg. 6510, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. To learn more, call 09811-83-7866 or DSN 468-7866 or 09841-834849 or DSN 467-4849. Sports summer camp registration Youth sports summer camp registration is open now. Youths have an opportunity to learn golf, soccer and bowling. To register, visit ansbachcyms.html. To learn more, call 09811-83-7866 or DSN 468-7866 or 09841-83-4849 or DSN 467-4849. Parents’ day out Child, Youth and School Services hosts a parents’ day out every so often. Let CYSS staff take your children off your hands for a while. The next parents’ days out happen at Storck Child Development Center/School Age Center Sept. 28 and at Katterbach ACS/SAC June 22, Oct. 12 and Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations must be made no later than one week in advance and cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance. Dates and times are subject

Reminders Volunteer cards Did you volunteer in 2012? If so, visit Army Community Service to pick up your volunteer card to receive free fitness center classes, bowling and Arts and Crafts projects. To learn more, call 09802-83-2883/2846 or DSN 4672883/2846 for Katterbach ACS or 09841-83-4555/4764 or DSN 467-4555/4764 for Storck Barracks ACS. Coffee seminar Storck Army Community Service hosts coffee seminars Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Through the seminars, you can experience new towns, foods and people and enjoy coffee. To learn more, call 467-4555 or 09841-83-4555.

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Night by the Lake Camp by the lake, listen to live music and watch a film at USAG Bamberg Engineer Lake June 14. Camp setup begins at 3 p.m. Live performance of Armed Forces Entertainment performer Jess Penner takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. At dusk there will be a family-friendly movie. Camping equipment is available for rent at Outdoor Recreation. To learn more, call 0951-300-9376 or DSN 469-9376. New shuttle schedule A new post shuttle schedule is effective at USAG Bamberg June 1 and now available at directorates/dol/docs/postshuttle.pdf. The adjustment to the post shuttle service was necessary to comply with a Department of the Army directive to reduce cost with least impact on the established quality of life standards.

BOSS Budapest trip Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers and Morale, Welfare and Recreation out of USAG Grafenwoehr are planning a trip to Budapest, Hungary, June 14 through 17. The cost is $260 per adult in a double room and $350 per adult in a single room. To learn more, call 09641-83-4309 or DSN 475-4309 or 09662-83-2942 or DSN 476-2942. Car show The Auto Skills Center holds their car show July 4 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Freedom Fitness Facility parking lot. Judging runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Entry fee for the car show competition is $10. Otherwise, attendance is free. To learn more, call 0951-300-7546 or DSN 469-7546 or visit Overseas tax extension U.S. citizens, resident aliens and military members living overseas are granted an automatic 60-day extension to file tax returns. The Bamberg tax center will be open until the end of June to service the community. To learn more, call 0951-300-8262 or visit International-Taxpayers/U.S.-Citizens-and-ResidentAliens-Abroad---Automatic-2-Month-Extension-ofTime-to-File.

Shredder Those wishing to use the shredder at the Recycling Center Arts and Crafts Contest for paper, CDs and DVDs can make an appointment at The 2013 Arts and Crafts contest runs through June 30. It DSN 469-7598 or 469-9007. is open to all Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons (active duty, National Guard, Family members, Bamberg Elementary School PTA retirees and Army civilians) of all ages. Categories are The Bamberg Elementary School Parent Teach Association ceramics, digital art, drawings, fibers/textiles, glass, needs volunteers for their annual field day June 10. Those metals/jewelry, mixed media, paintings and wood. Contact interested can email your local Arts and Crafts Center for details. Motorcycle safety Bamberg will hold its motorcycle safety day May 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorcyclists will take skill refresher training at the Muna railhead. Participants must bring their own motorcycle and wear the required personal protection equipment. To learn more, call 469-1670 or visit the USAG Bamberg Safety Office at Bldg. 7089 at Warner Barracks. History exhibition An exhibition of the history of Bamberg’s Warner Barracks is open now Admission is free, and the exhibition is open throughout May. There will be historical items on display, including uniforms and photos, from 1890 to present. To learn more, call 0951-300-7920 or DSN 469-7920 or email

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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 Bulk Item Pickup The Directorate of Public Works will pick up bulk items open their homes to children in need. To learn more, call for disposal the first Monday of the month. The dates for Army Community Service at 0951-300-8397/7777. 2013 are June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7 and Nov. 4. Spring cleanup will take place in May so bulk pickup will Parenting Skill Builder Classes Bamberg Family Life Center New Parenting Skills be now through May 20. Classes start the first Tuesday of every month and meet from 9 to 11 a.m. for four sessions. Learning the skills to Postal Service Center Hours Effective now, the Postal Service Center opening hours are parent with love and logic can help make parenting fun from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the finance windows and 10 and rewarding, instead of stressful and chaotic. You will a.m. to 6 p.m. for mail and package pickup. Official mail learn practical tools and techniques to build respectful, healthy relationships with children and help prepare pickup is open from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. children for the real world. To learn more, to register or to sign up for child care, call 0951-300-1570/8141 or email Single Soldier Supper There will be a Single Soldier Supper at 5:30 p.m. at the Bamberg Community Chapel 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. Community Flea Markets Come and sell your unwanted items or search for a great find at the Community Flea Markets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday of the month at Summerall Field near the Community Activity Center. Dates for the flea markets are June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12. Tacos and Turntables Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers and the Community Activity Center are teaming up to offer Tacos and Turntables from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 11 at the CAC. Enjoy the CAC’s taco buffet, which includes two hard or soft tacos or nacho chips with your choice of topping, and music provided by BOSS. English as a Second Language Classes English as a Second Language classes will take place each Monday and Tuesday in the Family Advocacy Program classroom, Bldg. 7487 on Armor Drive behind the flower shop. ESL Level 1 will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Level 2 from 10:30 am. to noon and Level 3 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. All U.S. ID cardholders are eligible to attend. For more

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Youth and Teens 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.

Sports, Health and Fitness Fitness Classes The Freedom Fitness Facility offers a variety of fitness classes. To see a complete schedule, visit www.

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Circuit PT Free circuit physical training is back at the Freedom Fitness Center Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 the recycling program. For more information, call the p.m. To learn more, call 0951-300-8890 or DSN 469-8890. environmental office at 0951-300-8426.

Day spa operating days The day spa will shorten operating days Aug. 1. The spa will only be open Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Weekly Reminders spa will be closed Sundays through Tuesdays. CDC Parking Parking in front of the Child Development Center is Changes for Bamberg CDC Hourly care services at the Bamberg Child Development for patron drop-off and pickup only. Other parking Center are temporarily reduced to 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There opportunities nearby include in front of the Basics also is currently reduced space at the School Age Center. Building, in front of Community Bank and the PX/ Commissary parking lot. Subway New Hours Subway, located in the Shoppette, has reduced its hours. The new hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For the latest hours of all Army and Air Force Exchange Service locations, visit ExchangeLocations/WarnerBarracksStore.htm. Optical Shop Closure The Optical Shop is now closed. Customers in need of optical services after the closure can visit the optical shops at other garrisons.

Library Events Gamers’ Challenge meets every Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 0951-300-1740. Woodworkers Roundtable Take part in the woodworkers roundtable every Wednesday at the Arts and Crafts woodshop on the second floor of Bldg. 7047. Get tips, tricks and new ideas. The event is free. To learn more, call 0951-300-8659 or email thomas.

Military Council of Catholic Women The Military Council of Catholic Women meets Thursdays at the chapel. Mass begins at noon, followed by fellowship, Space Camp Scholarship lunch and study group from 12:30 to 2 p.m. To learn more, Children enrolled in sixth through ninth grade, whose parent are active-duty military, mobilized guard, Reserve, email post-9/11 veterans or service members who died while serving, can apply for the Military Child Education Bernard Arts and Crafts Take part in the crafter’s club at noon every Tuesday at the Curtis Brown II Memorial Space Camp Scholarship. The Arts and Crafts classroom on the first floor of Bldg. 7047. scholarship covers full tuition, which includes roundJoin the fun. Local crafters get together to share ideas, tips trip transportation to Space Camp, meals, lodging and and tricks on a variety of crafts. Learn something new or program/materials. To learn more or to apply, visit www. share your knowledge. The event is free. To learn more, call 0951-300-8659 or email mil.

Service Office The USAG Bamberg Retirement Services Officer/ Casualty Manager is located in Bldg. 7290, Room 208, next to Burger King. To learn more, call 0951-300-7514. Ray’s Diner Hours Every weekday, Ray’s Diner serves breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. During the weekends and four-day weekends, breakfast is served at 8 to 9 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and dinner at 3:30 to 5 p.m. Youth Lessons Child, Youth and School Services SKIES Unlimited offers lessons in fine arts for those ages 6 to 12, kinder German ages 6 to 9 with parents, gymnastics for various age groups, kickboxing for those ages 5 to 18 and piano for those ages 6 to 18. To learn more, call 0951-300-7452. Document Disposal Burning documents in a burn barrel is not allowed on post. All paper that needs to be disposed of must be shredded at the Recycling Center. They accept paper each Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. or by appointment. The garrison receives a credit for each kilogram of paper turned in through

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

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Sensational Spring Events This spring find something fantastic for all ages and interests. Everything from classes, international excursions, ceremonies, events, trips, camps and more. Visit www. to learn more. A detailed description of each activity is

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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IN THEATERS • May 23 - 29 BAMBERG THEATER • 0951-297-3934 May 23 - The Call (PG-13) 7 p.m. May 24 - Star Trek: Into Darkness (PG-13) 7 p.m. May 25 - Admission (PG-13) 3 p.m.; Star Trek: Into Darkness (PG-13) 7 p.m. May 26 - Admission (PG-13) 3 p.m.; 21 & Over (R) 7 p.m. May 27 - Star Trek: Into Darkness (PG-13) 7 p.m. ILLESHEIM THEATER • 09841-83-4546 May 24 - Iron Man 3 (PG-13) 7 p.m. May 25 - Admission (PG-13) 4 p.m. Iron Man 3 (PG-13) 7 p.m. May 26 - Iron Man 3 (PG-13) 3 p.m. KATTERBACH THEATER • 09802-83-1790 (Now in Digital 3D) May 24 - Star Trek: Into Darkness (PG-13) 7 p.m. May 25 - Iron Man 3 in 3D (PG-13) 4 p.m.; The Great Gatsby in 3D (PG-13) 7 p.m. May 26 - Jurassic Park in 3D (PG-13) 3 p.m. SCHWEINFURT THEATER • 09721-96-1790 May 23 - The Call (PG-13) 7 p.m. May 24 - The Great Gatsby (PG-13) 7 p.m. May 25 - Peeples (PG-13) 4 p.m.; The Great Gatsby (PG-13) 7 p.m. May 26 - Peeples (PG-13) 4 p.m.; 21 & Over (R) 7 p.m. May 29 - 21 & Over (R) 7 p.m.

Eco-Friendly Tips Water-saving Tips

For those who have a little garden, install a rainwater tank to water your plants. High water pressure increases your water losses. A plumber can fit this easily to save you gallons of water.

Energy-saving Tips Run full loads with your washer and let the sun do the drying. Sort your laundry by colors (colored, white, dark colored) and adjust to the most efficient washing cycle and temperature. Dark clothes don’t need to be washed with high temperatures. For white clothes, 60 degrees Centigrade or 140 degrees Fahrenheit is sufficient; no need to “cook” the clothes.

Recycling Buy drinks in glass bottles whenever possible. Aluminum cans have a terrible climate footprint. For beer cans produce 3 times more CO2 than reusable bottles. If you have a garden, start a compost pile from kitchen and garden waste.

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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 May 24-27 Cod fishing on the Baltic $360 Receive the full German fishing experience and enjoy cod fishing on the Ostsee (Baltic Sea). Outdoor recreation will begin the day with breakfast on the boat followed by a short trip to the fishing grounds. Attendees will spend the day pilking (vertical jigging) and reeling in cod. Fishing instructors will be on hand. No fishing license is required. Equipment rental is available on request and RSVPs are required by May 17. Trip departs Katterbach at 6 a.m. May 24, returns at 11:30 p.m. May 27. June 14-17 Camping trip to Camp Darby, Italy $169 Visit some of the most beaufiful tourist attractions Italy has to offer while out camping. See the Mediterranean Sea, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Florence and more. The trip departs Storck Barracks at 8 a.m. and Katterbach at 9 a.m. June 14 and returns approximately 5 p.m. June 17. Cost is $169 for adults, $109 for children and $399 for families, which includes transportation, camp site fees and equipment. For more information, call Ansbach Outdoor Recreation at 09802-833225.

BAMBERG May 24-27 Garmisch Adventure Weekend $150 Get your adrenaline pumping with some cool springtime activities in the Bavarian Alps. Outdoor Recreation kicks off the weekend with white water rafting the first day, white water kayaking the second day and peak bagging by means of klettersteig on the third day. There will be plenty of time for selfguided hikes, mountain biking, rock climbing, swimming, saunas and other relaxations. The group departs from ODR May 24 at 7 a.m. and returns May 27 at approximately 9 p.m. June 8 White water kayak $35 No matter your skill level, this White Water Kayaking trip will have you feeling like a professional by the end of the day! Wear a swimming suit and pack a towel, lunch and hydrating liquids. Trip includes trans-portation and equipment. The trip departs ODR at 8 a.m. and returns approximately at 6 p.m. June 15 Zurich Switzerland with city tour $65 Visit the largest city in Switzerland and let ODR take care of the driving. Zurich is a European financial capitol, and was voted the city with the highest standard of living worldwide in 2008 and 2009. Children ages 4 to 12 are $55; children 3 and younger are $45. Trip includes transportation and a city tour. For more information, call Bamberg Outdoor Recreation at 0951-300-9376.

SCHWEINFURT May 26 Bicycle Tour (Car-free Sunday) $15 This German event is offered only once a year, so don’t miss your chance to participate. Meet at Schweinfurt ODR at 11 a.m. and bike from there to local villages participating in the car-free day. Vendors will sell bratwurst and drinks while local bands play traditional German music. There will be thousands of cyclists from all over. The group returns at approximately 5 p.m. If you have your own bicycle, the trip costs $5 for the use of the guide. July 13 Hike the Rhon Mountains $15 Enjoy a leisure hike in the Rhoen Mountains and then end the day with food and drinks from the Kreuzberg Monastery! All participants will depart from Schweinfurt ODR at 9 a.m. and return approximately at 5 p.m. Transportation fee is $15 per person. Bring euros for souvenirs, food and drinks. 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 Altstadtfest Ansbach The annual Ansbach Altstadtfest is located in the old part of town around Martin-Luther-Platz May 29 through June 2. The fest offers culinary specialties and an interesting entertainment program. June 2 is also open shop day from 1 to 6 p.m. To learn more, visit www.

Salsa im Park - Fürth A series of open-air Salsa parties in the Stadpark Fürth (Engelhardtstraße 20) near the open-air stage starts May 29. The party begins at 8 p.m., but double-check to make sure it takes place (inclement weather may prevent it from happening). Wine Village Würzburg The Würzburger Weindorf is open May 29 through June 6 at the Marktplatz in Würzburg; it is considered one of the most cheerful fests of its kind; besides local culinary specialties, visitors can try the typical Franconian Bocksbeutel wine. Opening hours are daily from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. To learn more, visit Medieval Market on Burg Rabenstein in Ahorntal The Medieval Market on Burg Rabenstein from May 30 to June 2 features lots of action with jugglers, show fights, battles, historical camps, bow-and-arrow tournaments, music and a big fire show in the evening. Adult admission is 7 euros; children pay 4 euros; family tickets are available as well. Opening hours are May 30 from noon to 10 p.m., May 31 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., June 1 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and June 2 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. To learn more, visit www. Africa Festival in Würzburg The 25th International Africa Festival takes place on the Talavera Mainwiesen in Würzburg May 30 through June 2, offering several live concerts, a bazaar with African goods, food and drinks and an entertainment program for adults and children. To learn more, visit Volksfest in Schweinfurt The annual Schweinfurt Volksfest from May 31 through June 10 features typical rides and entertainment, as well as Franconian specialties and a specially brewed Volksfest beer. Opening hours are Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to midnight, Fridays and Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Sunday from noon to midnight. To learn more, visit Umsonst und Draußen – Free Concert in Fürth The city of Fürth hosts a free outdoor concert at Lindenhain

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(Kapellenstraße 47) May 31 with mostly local bands starting at 5 p.m. To learn more, visit Medieval Fest on Burg Hilpoltstein The castle in Hilpoltstein (Maria-Dorothea-Straße 8) is the site of a three-day medieval fest May 31 through June 2. Visitors will find “knights, bards and thieves” as well as fire eaters, jugglers and other medieval residents. Jousting tournaments and contemporary music complete the entertainment program. Opening hours are May 31 from 6 p.m. to midnight, June 1 from 11 a.m. to midnight and June 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more, visit Frühjahrsmarkt in Schweinfurt The Schweinfurt spring market on the Marktplatz offers household goods, gifts, leather products and jewelry from June 1 through 5 with opening hours from 9 a.m. to 6: 30 p.m. weekdays and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kirchweih in Neustadt a. d. Aisch The Neustadt Kirchweih takes place An den Sommerkellern June 1 through 9 with rides, culinary specialties and musical entertainment. To learn more, visit Stadtfest - Kitzingen The Stadtfest in Kitzingen takes place June 7 and 8 downtown. To learn more, visit “Long night of Churches” - Bamberg The „Lange Nacht der Kirchen” has the Bamberg churches open until midnight June 7, offering concerts, theater, movies and guided tours. A shuttle bus transports visitors from downtown to other churches. All events are free. A program guide is available from the Bamberg Tourismus & Kongress Service (Geyerswörthstraße 5) or at www. International belly Dance Festival - Fürth The international belly dance festival takes place inside the Fürth Stadthalle (Rosenstraße 50), starting at 11 a.m. A bazaar from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. features shows and oriental dance workshops; a “show gala” begins at 8 p.m. To learn more, visit or www. Altstadtfest - Feuchtwangen The Feuchtwangen Altstadtfest takes place June 8 and 9 downtown; visitors can expect music and other entertainment, as well as plenty of food and drink. To learn more, visit To see more, click “Was ist los in Franken?” at franconiannews.

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