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

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Franconia Military Community revs up for motorcycle safety By Bryan Gatchell, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs ANSBACH, Germany – Against the din of a helicopter at a hangar at Storck Barracks, the collective growl of several motorcycles competed. At U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt and USAG Bamberg, the same sound announced similar groups of twowheeled machines. These groups departed their installations; the roar of their engines rumbled through the German countryside to converge at a music hall in Geiselwind June 7. The event, which was coordinated through the garrisons’ safety offices, was an effort to promote motorcycle safety. Before the ride, riders were given a safety brief, made inspections of their machines to ensure they were safe to ride, and participated in a short riding course. “We stress safety in everything we do,” said Bill Carter, who performed as a sweep for the ride from Storck Barracks and has 33 years of motorcycling experience in Europe. “We’re military. Driving, riding: safety is always stressed.” “Motorcycling is a pastime, a hobby to relax,” said Lt. Col. David Markiewicz, the USAG Ansbach provost marshal. “No matter what you do, you have to keep safe in doing it.” Originally the ride was set for May 31, but,

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Motorcyclists at Storck Barracks, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, line up on the tarmac after completing a motorcycle refresher course June 7. The group rode to Geiselwind to meet other motorcyclists from USAG Bamberg and Schweinfurt as part of a Franconia Military Community event to promote safe riding habits.

consistent with the goals of the safety office, they rescheduled for the following Friday when heavy rain imperiled the possibility of a safe ride. “I’m kind of glad that they changed it,”

Kamakahi-Watson appointed Schweinfurt command sergeant major By Jessica Jacobs, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs SCHWEINFURT, Germany – As closure 2014 nears and changes throughout the garrison become more evident, the garrison and community here welcome a familiar face as the new garrison command sergeant major. In a change of responsibility ceremony held June 4 at Conn Barracks, Command Sgt. Major Eric Gordon passed the responsibility of U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt command sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. Thao Kamakahi- Watson in a traditional sword exchange between noncommissioned officers.

The tradition signifies the relinquishment of responsibility and authority from the outgoing command sergeant major to the incoming. The sword represents the “cutting edge” of professionalism and the living spirit of the organization and its mission. Command Sgt. Maj. Gordon has spent the last three years as the command sergeant major of USAG Schweinfurt. He assumed the role Sept. 17, 2010. “Together with Colonel Runey, Command Sgt. Maj. Gordon transformed the community,” said Col. Kelly J. Lawler, Franconia Military Community commander, during his opening (CSM, on Page 2)

said Michael Thompson, one of the riders from USAG Ansbach. “I thought that – as I was riding out I was looking at blue skies – yeah, I’m actually glad they changed it.” (RIDE, on Page 4)

US Army Garrison Bamberg celebrates World Environment Day

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U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg commander Lt. Col. Michelle L. Bienias, left, in uniform, helps plant trees at Engineer Lake to celebrate World Environment Day June 5. To see more, visit Page 5.

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(CSM, from Page 1) remarks at the ceremony. “The Schweinfurt command team has set the example for team cohesiveness and honest caring for one another.” Being a part of the growth in Schweinfurt has been one of Gordon’s personal achievements while in command. “Friendships, great memories and a community that cares — that’s what I want to leave the people of Schweinfurt with,” Gordon said. Kamakahi-Watson, who was stationed in Germany earlier in her career, returned to Schweinfurt in January 2012 with her husband Command Sgt. Maj. Stephfon Watson of 7th TTSB and their two sons. For the last year and a half she has served as the garrison’s operations sergeant major, supporting daily operations with particular focus on the movement of troops in and

out of Schweinfurt. Kamakahi-Watson’s education includes a bachelor of science degree in management from the University of Maryland and a master of arts degree in information technology system management from Trident University International. Kamakahi-Watson’s major task will be in taking Schweinfurt to closure and ensuring Soldiers and families safely and successfully transition from Schweinfurt to their next duty stations. “I will give my 100 percent and I can guarantee that everyone will always be informed,” she said. Gordon will retire to Atlanta with his wife. He is still unsure what the future holds, but isn’t worried. “I’m confident,” he said. “God has led me to this path so far, and He will continue to do so.”

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Col. Kelly J. Lawler, right, Franconia Military Community commander, passes the traditional noncommissioned officer sword to the incoming command sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Thao Kamakahi-Watson, at a change of responsibility ceremony June 4. Command Sgt. Major Eric Gordon, background, relinquished his position after having served the position for nearly three years.

USAG Bamberg class of 2013 Photos by Bana Miller, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs

Above: Lt. Col. Michelle L. Bienias, U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg commander, speaks at the Bamberg High School graduation June 7. Right: The Bamberg High School class of 2013 throws their mortarboards in the air following their graduation.

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

Lt. Col. Michelle L. Bienias U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, Commander Renate Bohlen USAG Bamberg, Public Affairs Officer

Ansbach Staff Stephen Baack (Editor), Bryan Gatchell (Editor), Bianca Sowders Bamberg Staff Simon Hupfer, Bana Miller Schweinfurt Staff Margaret Gotheridge, Jessica Jacobs, Sgt. Leslie Wilson

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McHugh creates greater oversight, screening of those who aid victims By Office of the Chief of Public Affairs JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. – Secretary of the Army John McHugh today detailed a new directive that will make the Army the first military branch to require behavioral health screenings for those who counsel sexual assault victims. During remarks at the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, or SHARP, conference, held at Joint Base Andrews, Md., McHugh also said that he has directed Army leaders to devise a plan to incentivize and reward those who serve as counselors and victim advocates, creating more effective means to identify and acknowledge the best qualified Soldiers and civilians to serve in those positions. “These are positions of intense, personal trust, and we need to make certain that those selected have the right tools and skills needed to carry them out effectively,” he told Army leaders attending the conference. “Moreover, these jobs are often stressful, and we owe it to those who serve in them the means to better ensure their own continued behavioral health and well-being. This new system will benefit both victims and their advocates alike.” In addition to the screening, McHugh wants Army personnel officials to devise a plan that would incentivize service as a sexual assault response coordinator, or SARCs, or sexual assault prevention and response victim advocates, or SAPR VAs. “Under our current design, there really is no reward for Soldiers who do their job well, no recognition as there are in other fields and occupations in the Army for taking these assignments and doing them well, something to help them advance their careers,” McHugh said. “As in other fields, we have to incentivize this mission, not just to encourage commanders to pick their best, but to ensure that Soldiers who serve honorably and do what we expect of them will be duly recognized in appropriate ways as well.” McHugh said he first raised the idea of incentivizing SARC and VA positions during a recent White House meeting where service

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Secretary of the Army John McHugh speaks during the 6th Annual I. A.M. Strong Sexual Harassment/ Assault Prevention Summit, held on Joint Base Andrews, Md., June 11, 2013.

secretaries and chiefs of staff discussed their respective plans to combat sexual assault. Afterward, President Barack Obama offered public support for the concept. “I think Secretary of the Army McHugh made a very good point, which is I’m not sure we’ve incentivized some of our top people to understand this is as core to our mission as anything else,” said Obama, May 16, “and we’ve got to reward them, not think of this as a sideline for anything else that they do, but incentivize ambitious folks in the ranks to make sure that they understand this is important. So that’s part of accountability.” McHugh’s directive also places new restrictions on who can hire SARCs and SAPR VAs, those whom the Army Secretary called “front-line forces” in the fight against sexual assault. McHugh is limiting the ability to appoint SARCS to the first general officer or civilian equivalent, a member of the Senior Executive Service, within the chain command. Only brigade commanders, or their equivalent-level commander or civilian supervisor, may appoint SAPR VAs. Hiring authorities may not be delegated. “It will not only help to better ensure we

V Corps inactivates after nearly a century of service to U.S. Army

WIESBADEN, Germany – V Corps marked its inactivation after nearly a century of prestigious service to the U.S. Army with a ceremony at Wiesbaden’s Schloss Biebrich, June 12. The ceremony served to inactivate V Corps and to give a final salute to the unit for everything it has accomplished in its 95-year history. It was also a time to present two campaign steamers to the corps for its service. A Meritorious Unit Commendation ... To read more, click here.

select the very best people for these posts, but that the chain of command knows what we expect of them, and how important that work is to the Army,” he said. “In short, I believe elevating the appointment authority within the chain of command will increase responsibility, accountability as well as oversight.” McHugh stressed that his action is not a reflection on the nearly 10,000 Soldiers and civilians currently serving in those positions. “We have committed, dedicated and well-trained people currently serving across the Army, who work with victims compassionately, responsibly and effectively,” McHugh said. “But we believe we can do more to make the system better, and are committed to doing so.” McHugh first outlined details of the directive during testimony before the Senate’s Defense Appropriations subcommittee, May 22. It comes amid a DOD-wide requirement to re-train, re-credential, and re-screen all sexual assault prevention and response personnel and military recruiters prompted by a number of high profile sexual assault and abuse cases in the military.

Course prepares medical personnel in evidence collection CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea – When sexual assault occurs, victims deserve swift, competent and compassionate care. Through various Army initiatives, including Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, or SHARP, and the “I. A.M. STRONG” campaign, the ability to treat and support victims, as well as identify and bring justice, has been improved. In May, the 65th Medical Brigade sponsored a two week ... To read more, click here.

Vol. 10, Issue 24 (RIDE, from Page 1) During the course at Storck Barracks, the riders refreshed their knowledge of protective gear, hand signals, and group riding safety measures. Before they went through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s T-CLOCS inspection checklist, which includes checking the safety of tires and wheels (T), controls (C), lights (L), oil (O), chassis (C), and stands (S). The ride was also about motorcycle mentorship. The group ride allowed motorcyclists of various levels of experience to commingle as well as raise awareness of the garrisons’ motorcycle safety programs. “The senior riders – the experienced riders – are supposed to share their knowledge and experiences with the less experienced riders in the organization,” said Markiewicz. “It’s to promote safety, to promote enjoyment, and to promote the program.” “Take care of the young troops,” said Carter. “You’ve always got to take care of your Soldiers.” The ride also represents a proactive approach to motorcycle safety in the Franconia Military Community, which consists of USAG Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt. At Geiselwind, the riders enjoyed a buffet meal. Lt. Col. Michelle L. Bienias, USAG Bamberg, spoke on the importance of motorcycle safety, met with riders and presented gift cards, gift baskets and other prizes to the participants. “I respect the decision to ride a motorcycle and appreciate that motorcycling is fun, but it can also be dangerous,” said Bienias. “I urge you to ride smart and drive defensively this summer!” Participants in the ride had various motivations for joining. Some wanted to be out for the group experience. Others joined for the feel of the open road. “It’s a great chance to get away from work for a little bit, and it’s a great chance to come out and ride with a group, which I don’t get that opportunity very often,” said Michael Thompson, one of the riders from USAG Ansbach.

Page 4 “Every chance I get to ride with a big, large group, I jump all over that.” Dorothy Thompson, Michael Thompson’s wife, rode separately in a vehicle behind her husband’s group. “I love the way it sounds when there are multiple motorcycles together,” she said. “You can’t replace that feeling with all of them rumbling at the same time. It’s a great feeling.” Javier Vega Garcia has ridden a motorcycle for 20 years, 16 years in Germany and 5 years in the Storck Barracks area. Despite his experience on a motorcycle, he had not yet made a group ride. “I’ve heard about them before, but this is the first time I’ve had a chance to jump in and experience it,” he said. The riders expressed the safety concerns of the motorcycle as well. “I pay attention to what I’m doing, pay attention to those around me, wear the correct gear,” Garcia said. “Ensure the tires have the correct air pressure, ensure all the levers are working correctly, and make sure the motorcycle is overall in sound condition.” “The biggest thing is to know the limits of what you and your bike can do,” said Michael Thompson. “With my bike, the way it was built, it doesn’t lean so far as other bikes, so I have to keep my speed slower than many other bikes can do. Know your limits, know your bike’s limits, and keep within those limits. Even though sometimes I want to goose the throttle a little bit more, I have to let off sometimes and say ‘Hey, there’s a point where too fast is too fast.’” To learn about the Army Traffic Safety Training Program, visit mil/webs/sites/staff_org/safety/ atstp/index.html. To reach the USAG Ansbach Safety Office, call 09811-83-1670 or DSN 468-1670. To reach the USAG Bamberg Safety Office, call 0951-300-1670 or DSN 469-1670. To reach the USAG Schweinfurt Safety Office, call 09721-96-1670 or 354-1670 or visit Bldg. 206, Room 113, at Ledward Barracks.

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Bryan Gatchell / USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

Above: Motorcyclists depart the tarmac at Storck Barracks, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, following a refresher course June 7. The refresher course was taken in preparation for a group ride to Geiselwind, Germany, to raise awareness of motorcycle safety. Below: Lt. Col. Michelle L. Bienias, right foreground, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, presents Pedro Elizondo, a Soldier at USAG Ansbach, with a gift basket at a music hall at Geiselwind, Germany, as part of a motorcycle rally to promote motorcycle safety June 7. USAG Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt participated in the Franconia Military Community event.

Manfred Meyer / USAG Ansbach Safety Office

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12th Chemical Company inactivates after 96 years

By Sgt. Leslie Wilson, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs SCHWEINFURT, Germany – Schweinfurt’s 12th Chemical Company cased its colors here June 10, signifying the inactivation of the U.S. ArmyEurope’s last remaining chemical company. The company commander, Capt. Sarah McKay, said goodbye and expressed gratitude to the Soldiers and leadership that performed chemical operations in a unit whose service goes back nearly a hundred years. “As the only chemical company in Europe, our expertise was utilized by both civilian and military organizations throughout EUCOM, ensuring that our legacy will not soon be forgotten,” she said. The 12th Chemical Company has fought in several campaigns since it was constituted Aug. 15, 1917. Originally a gas and flame regiment, the unit earned the nickname “Hellfire.” The company’s storied history includes missions to Marne, Saint

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Capt. Sarah McKay, company commander, and Sgt. 1st Class Michael Habel case the colors June 10 of the 12th Chemical Company, which was USAREUR’s only remaining chemical company.

Miguel and Muess-Argonne. The unit deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II in 2004, where it executed force protections missions on two forward operating bases. More recently, the unit was on a 12-month prepare-to-deploy order in support of Operation New Dawn. Serving under 18th

Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, the unit moved from Grafenwoehr to Schweinfurt Aug. 15, 2009. Capt. McKay took command in June 2011, serving alongside 1st Sgt. Rahsaan Harris and Sgt. 1st Class Michael Habel. Guest speaker Lt. Col. Michelle Letcher, Battalion Commander

of 18th CSSB, recognized the unit’s accomplishments, but acknowledged the need for closure for the Soldiers and the command team. “The time has come to close the book on this chapter and become part of a bigger story,” Letcher said. While a handful of Soldiers will transition to other posts in Germany, most will go back to the U.S. and apply their unique skills in other units. “Their expertise in the field of bio-detection will be invaluable for most as they head to units fielding the [Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, Reconnaissance] Stryker Vehicles as well as those headed to Tech Escort units,” McKay said. Although the inactivation is bittersweet, Capt. McKay said the unit and the command team have been fortunate throughout her time as commander. “It’s amazing how much support and love 12th Chem gets,” McKay said. “I am really proud of my Soldiers.”

World Environment Day Photo by Bana Miller, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs

Lt. Col. Michelle L. Bienias, U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg commander, asks questions of several of the garrison’s family members during World Environment Day June 5 at Engineer Lake. The children and the command team took part in planting trees at the lake.

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A final conversation with CSM Eric Gordon By Sgt. Leslie Wilson, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs SCHWEINFURT, Germany – The outgoing command sergeant major here shared his thoughts June 10 about his departure from Germany and his upcoming retirement. In command since Sept. 17, 2010, the U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Major Eric Gordon, served side by side garrison commanders Lt. Col. Everett Spain and Col. Michael Runey, who relinquished command May 23. Command Sgt. Maj. Eric K. Gordon spoke with me about his time in Schweinfurt, what he hopes to leave the community, eating the tradition Franconia dish Schäufele and more.

So you are about to leave USAG Schweinfurt. Where are you heading, and what are are you going to do when you get there? Well I am going to Atlanta. That’s where my mortgage is. I intend to pursue either a public circle or civil service. I think that’s the career that I am akin to. My new employer is yet to be determined. Whether it be federal, state, local or even non-profit organization. I haven’t really pinpointed that. I have time. So my official date of retirement is 1 November. So I have a little bit of time to get things in order. But I know it’s not a great deal of time, given the process that has to go on, but we’ll see how that goes. I’m confident. God has led me to this path so far, and He will continue to do so. Of all the things you have learned in the military, what do you think is the most applicable to civilian work? I think our Army values hold sway mostly. Also, doing more than what is required. Going above and beyond or helping out without being asked or told. And I think that surrounds initiative. I think our Army values, our initiative are super combatmultipliers in the civilian world, if you will.

people of Schweinfurt with? Friendships, great memories and a community that cares.

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Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Gordon packs his belongings in preparation for retirement after 31 years of service. Staff writer Sgt. Leslie Wilson sat down with him to discuss his career, insights and what he’ll miss most.

How did being the Command Sergeant Major shape your career? It gave me a greater perspective on city management and community relations. I’ve dealt with community relations for the better part of my Army career. I will tell you it has refined my transformation leadership skills as well as conflict management and resolution. What has been your observation about seeing the Soldiers of USAG Schweinfurt and the way they interact with the local nationals here? I believe it’s good. We have a great community, and I thinks it’s because of the folks – and I tell people this. I tell this to people on the installation and off the installation, because with that kind of build-up, or that kind of grouping, if you will, it makes a much better place for us to live, work and serve. How did you change the way the USAG Schweinfurt Soldiers interact with the German community? As I stated before, we have some great folks here. But I also believe in modeling behavior, so letting people see what right looks like. Demonstrating not only that you know how to do the job, but you are also willing to pitch in and help to get things moving along, too. So, you know, to show a young soldier

especially that you are more than someone just barking or telling them to do things, but actually getting involved with whatever the activity is. What do you feel was your greatest success while you were in command here? I think the greatest success here is building community – at least being a part of that major growth of this community. And my real belief is that when people embrace a sense of community and engage one another by participating, everything improves. When neighbors help neighbors, teamwork becomes a natural occurrence. And that’s pretty awesome. [USAG Schweinfurt garrison commander] Colonel Runey and I did a lot of studying, and we dug down and did some research on community. What does that really mean? And actually, at its core it’s a pretty awesome thing. And because the Army itself is built of a community and once we have that sense of community, things kind of synch and link in together. And it’s pretty cool. It only improves conditions. It makes for a better place to live, makes a better place to work and it makes a better place to serve. And that goes beyond just the Soldier. We’re taking families and our host nation folks that they come in contact with daily. What do you hope to leave the

What has been the most memorable thing to happen to you since you have been in Schweinfurt, personal or professional? Now that was a challenging question because a lot of great memorable things have occurred since I have been here. Mostly positive, some negative. Or tragic in some senses, but I am going to focus on things in a more positive light, because I think we should always leave on a positive note. Other than running my first marathon, the Rowdy River Race, mountain biking in the Rhone with the chief of police – he’s an awesome dude and a good biker too. The most memorable thing I think was availing myself to others. Having mentioned before, just because you come in here doesn’t mean you’re in trouble. However, there are folks that come in here and trouble is redefined as “I need some help.” Personally, mentally, physically whatever the case may have been. And I think being available to others no matter what time of day or night – and sometime it’s just divine appointment I think where you happen upon folks and you provide them with time. And time is precious commodity. But cutting out a piece of time for others, I think, was most memorable, because you see a different transformation later. Most were successful encounters, which makes you feel warm here [points to heart]. Did you say ‘divine appointment?’ It can be. It’s another term I use. ‘Providential,’ or whatever some people call it. It just seems sometimes like you walk up on something and it’s the right time at the right moment, and sometimes you save peoples’ lives. Do you have children? And how has this position impacted your family? I do. I have a daughter. She’s (GORDON, on Page 7)

Vol. 10, Issue 24 (GORDON, from Page 6) 21. Her name is Rachel. She stayed back to go to school. I didn’t like the distance because you lose a little control. Maybe I’ve been over-controlling, at least she told me that [laughs]. So it allowed me to allow her to grow a little bit. I know it can wear on the family sometimes, and I won’t necessarily say my daughter because she is an adult now, but you do become a target of opportunity from time to time. Whether purposefully or not, it happens. The thing that I learned from past commanders is we are not in it for the fame and glory. And it is never about us. It’s always about them. But I can see sometimes where the spotlight falls. My wife is not a big spotlight person. She is just as satisfied to stay in the backdrop and say “whatever you need to take care of is OK” kind of thing. Do you think that selflessness of focusing on everyone around you and not focusing as much on yourself has changed since you have been in the Army? Is that a long process that you go through from when you come in? I think so. When I joined the Army, I didn’t know jack about the Army. It was an experiment. And you stayed this long? How many years has it been? It’s been thirty years. I’m on my thirty-first year. By the time I retire I will have thirty-one years. I tell people I have been in the Army twenty-six years longer than I ever thought I would be. So again, I think so. When people start out – and there are some folks that are much better than I am and more mature and their focus is not on themselves – I don’t know if that was my main purpose when I came in. I think I was part of the ‘me’ generation, too. I listened to the same radio – WIFM, “What’s in it for me?” But I think yeah, over time as you mature, and there is a maturation process, I see that. I hope that for everyone. But I don’t think it was for me in the beginning. I had to go through the maturation process, because I had to come to the realization that it’s more

Page 7 than me. There’s a whole lot of others out there. When you’re not helping others, you never know what goes awry. But certainly when you get to your level or position it has to be less about you and more about the Soldiers that you serve with? It should be. If you look around today, you still see some selfish leaders. So what do you think is the most important quality you have gained that you can apply to another job or another area of work? There is a lot I have gleaned from this assignment, but it’s also a mixture of past assignments, too, because my past assignments that I have built upon shape me to be who I am today, to engage the way I engage today. What will I take away? My hope is to be a better citizen – for our nation, for our country, for our families, because citizenry is not a lost art, but we don’t talk about it anymore. I whole-heartedly believe that the Army builds good citizens. Though sometimes we pull out stuff and highlight all the negative stuff that goes on, but it’s reality. I think we create better citizens for America. So I hope I am part of that. Is there anything you would change about your Army career if you could? I don’t think so. Not really. And I say that because if I could have taken a different path or a different route and those were really available. There were many different means to go many different ways and most people don’t realize that. In the Army there are vast opportunities to do different things. Or even to leave the Army. But to change my career? Yeah, you know I thought about it – what if? But then I thought, wait a second. If I had went that way, even at the urging of others to go this way, I would never have been able to meet the fine folks that I have encountered today. I mean really. I have met a lot of great people and I am in awe that I had that opportunity.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 What will you miss most about Germany? I think the travel. I think God has blessed me on this career thing. Here’s why I say that. I think the thing I will miss most about Germany is it’s an adventure. I say travel because you’re in the heart of Germany. And in any direction you go starting with Schweinfurt, you’re going to find a cool place, an interesting place. Whether it be a town, a city, a dorf or even a country. Three and a half hours this way, you’re in Prague. Another, what, six hours you’re in another country. Five hours you’re up in another part of the country. So you if keep circling you will find so much history. And you don’t even have to be a history buff or a history major to enjoy it. It just hits the cool factor! So I think I will miss that the most. Think about it. Where else can you go and have a four day weekend and say ‘Hey! Lets’ go to Paris!’ Boom. You leave first thing in the morning and you’re in Paris by that evening. And then you stay for a couple of days and then you get back on the road and you get back here late that night, get some shut-eye and go back to work. Now where else can you do that? Unless you own your own Gulf Stream, you can’t. I thought that was kind of neat and advantageous for us. What will you miss more? German food or German beer? Mostly the food. I am more of an eater than a drinker. Any particular dishes you have come to like since you have been here? I am not afraid of the pig. That’s why I’m in Schweinfurt, I guess. I love the Schäufele, which is a pig shoulder. The Brauhaus (restaurant in downtown Schweinfurt) has the best. There are so many it’s hard to single them out. And Wirsing, which is actually savoy. I call it the green goo. You’ve got to try it sometime. I think it’s ground-up cabbage of some sort. If you could offer one piece of advice to the Soldiers here what would it be?

You asked me to say one piece, but it’s a continuation piece: Set goals. Whether it be academic, vocational, personal or professional. Doesn’t matter. Set goals. With time lines. And remember, don’t let anything stop you. And take care of others along the way. Because too often we get self-focused and you have seen people who have great achievements but leave a field of debris behind them. I know there is a better way, and I have seen that success where people have done great achievements and brought a whole bunch of others along with them. So I think if you set your goals, put time lines on them, don’t let anything stop you and remember other folks and take care of them along the way, you will be super successful. But that’s easier said than done though, isn’t it? It’s easy to get lost in the sauce when you are going about your dayto-day life. The tragedy is that some people step on other people along the way. It’s not that they leave them behind. Think about the word ‘leader.’ A leader is not a guy or a gal that is pushing people because some folks don’t want to go. So a leader should never push anything. They should be out there leading. Sometimes you have to drag people to success. And yes, it’s easy to get self-centered. That’s the human nature you have to resist. And in order for the greater good there has to be others. If you want to be successful, that’s fine. But be great. The other advice I would give people is that I want them to get out. Get out of your house, get out of the barracks. And we talked about it before. I think travel is pretty awesome. You never know if you are going to come back. We would like to believe that we will always be able to come back. But as you stated sometimes we get so wrapped up in life that we miss the opportunities. Like that old man from the country says, an opportunity past is an opportunity lost. Take advantage of the assignment you have. We need to try to move Soldiers outside the virtual world, if you will.

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U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach community volunteers who were recognized June 5 at the Storck Barracks Community Activity Center show a representation of the work more than 800 of them have done throughout the year: More than 45,000 hours, which has an estimated value of more than $1 million.

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USAG Ansbach recognizes its volunteers, honors them as ‘heart of our community’ By Stephen Baack, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs ANSBACH, Germany – Hundreds gathered June 5 at the Storck Barracks Community Activity Center to help personally honor hundreds of members of the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach community who have volunteered their time throughout the past year and, in many cases, throughout much of their lives. The annual volunteer recognition ceremony honored more than 800 USAG Ansbach volunteers – which included Soldiers, Families and civilians – but most either could not attend the event itself or decided not to be recognized in such a public way. The ceremony started with a musical act courtesy of a group of volunteers from the Terrace Playhouse, whose narrative illustrated how important volunteers can be to an organization. Director of Emergency Services Lt. Col. David Markiewicz served as keynote speaker and addressed the audience on behalf of USAG Ansbach, urging all to “celebrate those who help us at USAG Ansbach to make this community as incredible as it is – our volunteers.” “This year, as it has been in years past, the spirit of volunteerism is at the heart of our community and is alive and well,” Markiewicz said. “Our men, women, children and families continue to step forward to volunteer with family readiness groups, as volunteer coaches, in our clinics and other community agencies. Those of you in the community have seen them perform and some of them have helped you personally.” Markiewicz pointed out, though, that unfortunately much of their work goes unseen and is unappreciated until it is recognized in a

venue like this. USAG Ansbach’s annual recognition ceremony was scheduled for early June to ensure maximum participation, but it is conducted in conjunction with National Volunteer Recognition Week – which was in April. The theme for this year’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week was “Volunteers, Strengthening a Nation.” During the week, Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, commander of U.S. Army Installation Management Command, called volunteers “key to keeping our Army strong and strengthening our nation. I invite and encourage you to get involved and give back to your Army community through volunteering.” As part of the annual presidential proclamation for National Volunteer Week, President Barack Obama said volunteering rates “are the highest they have been in years. More Americans are answering the call to serve – not for fanfare or attention, but because they want to give back.” One of those volunteers was Army spouse Tracy Schreurs, who received a Presidential Call to Service Award during the ceremony for her more than 8,000 hours of volunteer work. Schreurs has been volunteering for more than seven years and said she felt honored when her name was called during the ceremony. Schreurs spends much of her volunteer time working with children and said it gives her more time to spend with her own children – who also do volunteer work. “I like having my kids grow up in an environment where they can give back,” Schreurs said. Schreurs’ 16-year-old son volunteers regularly with Club Beyond, an school-age extracurricular group that does a service

project twice a year. This year the group has decided to build a playground for an orphanage in the Czech Republic, something Schreurs’ daughter did a few years ago in Poland before she started attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. All three of her children have been volunteering “since they were little,” she said. Sgt. 1st Class Klaus Riessner, another awardee, has been volunteering with the USAG Ansbach Morale, Welfare and Recreation Arts and Crafts Shop for about two years now on weekends, nights and now during many of his days. “Any free time I’ve had, I’ve been here helping out, building frames, making plaques and working at the Terrace Playhouse, building the sets,” said Riessner, who added that he’s always loved woodworking. Riessner said it also gives him more chances to work directly with Soldiers, something he feels working as a senior noncommissioned officer at brigade level doesn’t give him enough time to do. Since October, Riessner has logged close to 1,800 volunteer hours and serves as the brigade’s recreation and utility specialist now that he’s less than six months away from retirement. Much of his handiwork lines the halls of USAG Ansbach buildings and will remain there after his departure. One piece of advice Riessner hopes all prospective volunteers keep in my mind before they devote their time is simple: “Do something you already enjoy.” To find out how you can volunteer, call Army Community Service at 467-2883/2846 (Katterbach) or 467-4555/4764 (Storck Barracks)

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Sgt. 1st Class Robert Forsythe, left, helps Staff Sgt. Joel Renteria prepare to shoot the target during the Herrieden Shoot June 7. The shoot is a partnership competition involving teams formed from German shooting clubs, the German army, the German police and the U.S. Army.

Herrieden, USAG Ansbach aim for good community relations By Bryan Gatchell, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs ANSBACH, Germany – The Herrieden Shoot, also known as the German-American partnership shoot, an annual shooting competition held in partnership between the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach and the city of Herrieden, took place June 7 at a German army, or Bundeswehr, training area near Ellwangen. Teams from German shooting clubs, the German army, the German police and the U.S. Army took part in the contest. “This is truly a wonderful community relations event where Germans and Americans can get together and have a chance to meet and mingle,” said Col. Kelly J. Lawler, commander of USAG Ansbach. “It’s a great opportunity for us to all get together to celebrate our friendship that has been going on between America and Germany for almost

70 years now.” This year’s shoot was the 30th anniversary of the shoot. USAG Ansbach offered to host the contest when the ranges at Reinhart Kaserne in Ellwangen could no longer comply with Germany law. “Since this is a special anniversary and the last opportunity for the German army to host the event [because this is the last year the Bundeswehr will have a presence in Ellwangen], it was decided to give it one last hurrah at the Bundeswehr shooting range here today,” said Lawler. Each team member shot three rounds to zero their M16A2 rifle and then shot six rounds to determine their score. If the team member hit the target’s center, they scored 10 points. Each ring beyond the bulls-eye scored successively one fewer point. Each team member had the potential to score 60 points.

A German team and an American team took the top two places respectively. The Meercats, a team composed of Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment (Attack Reconnaissance), were the highest scoring American team with 322 points. “It was an enjoyable event, and our performance pleased us,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kevin Martin of the Meercats. “We are always happy if we can be part of this event,” said Elmer Graf, who belonged to the top-scoring German and overall topscoring team, Bürgerverein Velden, who scored 324. Of the top shooters, Capt. Christopher Meserve scored third place with 58 points, and Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Glaser won a shootoff against Chief Warrant Officer 2 Anthony Phillips of the Meercats, both of whom scored 59 points during the competition. Far left: Col. Kelly J. Lawler, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach commander, performs pushups with Bürgerverein Velden, the winning team of the Herrieden Shoot, June 7. Left: Command Sgt. Maj. Leeford C. Cain, center on ground, command sergeant major of U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, prepares to fire an M16A2 rifle as part of the Herrieden Shoot competition June 7.

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Sesame Street to bring Elmo, friends to Bamberg, Ansbach By Simon Hupfer, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs BAMBERG, Germany – Cookie Monster, Elmo, and their friends are bringing a special Sesame Street show to U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg with two performances July 12 at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Freedom Fitness Facility. They will also perform at USAG Ansbach July 17 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Katterbach Fitness Center. Presented by United Services Organization (USO), the free show is based on Sesame Street’s military families initiative and is currently visiting U.S. military installations in Europe and the Pacific regions. It’s the USO’s longest running tour. “Not only will kids jump up and down for the chance to see their Sesame Street friends in person, but it’s a great opportunity for kids and parents alike to join in with the USO in support of those Soldiers and their Families who serve our nation and endure regular moves and transition to do so,” said Jack Austin, USAG Bamberg’s entertainment director, who is organizing the event for the Bamberg garrison. “It is a privilege and an honor to say thank you to our troops and their Families 365 days a year. Our partnership with Sesame Street is one of the many ways the USO does this for our loved ones and we are thrilled to be celebrating five years of friendship,” said Sloan Gibson, USO president. “Working together we expand our reach and support in a very powerful and meaningful way for those who need us the most.” The show’s plot is a perfect fit for the Bamberg community: Katie – a military child who, with the help of her Sesame pals, learns to deal with her fears and excitement about relocating after her parent’s deployment – is back and looking forward to seeing all of her friends overseas. Created exclusively for this tour, Katie was first introduced to military Families in April 2011 by first lady Michelle Obama and second lady Jill Biden at a Joining Forces rally in Columbus, Ohio. Emphasizing the importance of adjusting to change and the power of friendship, this 30-minute character performance lets military children know they are not alone and provides special giveaways and outreach materials to military families who attend. “When the USO/Sesame Street Tour came to Bamberg in 2011, it drew the largest audiences of any touring performers in the last decade and more. Kids loved the very spirited and enjoyable show, and even parents and older siblings enjoyed seeing their old friends in the flesh – or better, ‘in the fur’. Doors open half an hour prior to each of the show times, and it’s general seating, so come early,” Austin said.


Above: Characters from children’s television program Sesame Street perform for military Families during a USO show. Below: Grover, a character from children’s program Sesame Street, performs for a packed house of military families during a USO tour. The Sesame Street show will perform at U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg’s Freedom Fitness Facility July 12 at 4:30 and 7 p.m. and at Katterbach Physical Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach July 17 at 2 and 6:30 p.m.

The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families made its debut in July 2008 to help families deal with the challenges of deployment and homecomings. Celebrating its fifth year of touring, the tour has taken its message to more than 368,000 troops and military families and performed 631 shows on 145 military installations in 33 states and 11

countries. Additionally, the tour has logged more than 122,000 miles and distributed more than 2 million giveaways. For more information, videos and photos of the USO Sesame Street Tour visit: www. or photos/theuso/sets/72157629777249803.

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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 an Independence Day celebration July 4. To learn more, visit www. At Bamberg, there will be a 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 a 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 www. 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 Schweinfurt or 09641-83-6384 in Grafenwoehr.

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Recycling idea Find out when the different trash and recycle pick-up days are in your village. 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, June 13, 2013 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 of your command about suspected acts of misconduct, you have the absolute right to remain silent. You have

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party July 18 and you-vote-for-it parties Aug. 1 and 15. To learn more, call 09841-83-4714 or DSN 467-4714.

Tax centers Katterbach Tax Center, located on the third floor of the ACS building, is open now. The Tax Center at Storck is open now with regular hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-in Community customers will be accepted; however, it is recommended to make an appointment to avoid unnecessary waiting time. New barber shop A new barber shop has opened at Katterbach Kaserne in Call Katterbach Tax Center at DSN 467-2324 or 09802Bldg. 5817 next to the post office and the launderette. 832324 and Storck Tax Center at DSN 467-4511 or 09841Its operating hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays 834511. through Fridays. It will be open U.S. holidays but closed Word, Excel tips on German holidays. Bleidorn Community Library hosts a Microsoft Word and Excel tips and tricks workshop June 25 at noon. Flower power U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach needs volunteers to make the Participants may either bring a personal laptop or use one community a more beautiful place to live by adopting a of the library’s computers. To learn more or to schedule flower pot to weed, water and grow. Those who adopt will a different time, call 09811-83-1740 or DSN 468-1740 or receive a sign on their pot. Picking a pot is based on a first- 09841-83-4675 or DSN 467-4675. Send all announcements to Ansbach Public Affairs at usarmy.

come, first-served basis. Individuals and organizations interested in adopting one of the stone flower pots in ESL the garrison’s footprint are invited can email ansbach. English as a second language classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. at the Katterbach Army Community Service. The class will help participants Storck Warrior Zone hours Please remember that effective now, the Warrior Zone develop and improve verbal and written English language at Storck Barracks will be operation with new opening skills. To learn more, call 09802-83-7627 or DSN 467Sports, health and fitness hours. The Warrior Zone will be closed Mondays through 7627. 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. Wall Street Survivor Sundays. To learn more, call 09841-83-4584 or DSN 467- Army Community Service hosts Wall Street Survivor, a virtual stock market game that will help players invest 4584. confidently. The game is held the second Thursday of the month at Storck YRR. Registration is required. A minimum Muna Museum expo The Muna Museum within the Oberdachstetten Training of five participants is required. To learn more, call 09802Area at Franken Kaserne holds an expo June 16 from 10 83-2883 or DSN 467-2883. a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors can see a variety of German and U.S. military uniforms, weapons and vehicles from World War II to near present. There will be a German Army field kitchen-style stew and goulash, drinks, coffee and assorted cakes. Entry fee is 3 euros for adults or free for children 14 years and younger. To learn more, visit

Closures and changes Construction notices At Bismarck Kaserne now through Aug. 1, no through traffic will go around the building at the PMO wing; traffic will instead exit on the north side of the C Wing (barracks). The parking lot/entrance drive for Burger King and Subway will be closed now through Aug. 1.

Open dance night Storck Recreation Center, on the third floor of the Storck Community Activity Center, holds open dance night with B14 Resurfacing live DJ entertainment throughout the summer from 7 to 9 Resurfacing of the road that is currently in progress on B14 p.m. There will be a salsa/Latin party June 20, a country 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.

Training holidays June 14 and June 17 are training holidays. Katterbach Physical Fitness Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Storck Barracks Physical Fitness Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on these dates. All fitness classes have been suspended for these dates as well. To learn more, call 09802-83-2771 or DSN 467-2771. TRX/HIIT At Katterbach Physical Fitness Center, Super Circuit with Kate Fridays at 9 a.m. is being replaced with TRX/ HIIT with Kate June 21. The new class is geared toward intermediate fitness level participants with some TRX experience. The class combines TRX workouts with bursts of high-intensity cardio. Classes will be held at the TRX frame in front of the Katterbach PFC. Participants should dress according to the weather and the outdoors. The standard $4 class price applies. To learn more, call 0980283-2771 or DSN 467-2771.

Bowling schedule changes The U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program is making an immediate but temporary change to the Katterbach Bowling Center’s operational hours with the goal to expand services and be open 7 days a week by October. The new limited hours are Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 2 to 8 p.m., Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. and closed Mondays, Tuesdays and U.S. holidays. The Strike Zone kitchen closes at 7 p.m. every day except Sundays when it will be open from noon to 6 p.m. To learn more, call the FMWR Business Operations officer at 0981-183-7336 or DSN 468-7336, or the Katterbach Bowling Center at 09802-832638 or DSN 467-2638.

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is looking for new players. Players must be 18 years or 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. Independence Day run U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach hosts an Independence Day run June 29 at 10 a.m. beginning from the Franken Kaserne obstacle course parking lot. There is no entry fee, but registration is necessary and can be done now through June 29 at Katterbach or Storck physical fitness centers or the day of the race by 9 a.m. at the event site. To learn more, call 09802-83-2771 or DSN 467-2771 or 09841-834582 or DSN 467-4582. 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 Independence Day 5- and 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 Sunset paddling Outdoor Recreation hosts sunset paddling and inline particular race, call Katterbach Physical Fitness Center FRG Child Care Night skating Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. for $25 for adults, $15 at 09802-83-2771 or DSN 467-2771 or Storck Physical Child care is available for mission-related family readiness group meetings on the second and fourth Wednesday of for children and $59 for families. The evening usually Fitness Center at 09841-83-4582 or DSN 467-4582. each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To learn more, call includes time for dinner at a local Imbiss on the river. No Parent Central Services at 09841-83-4880 or 09802-83experience is necessary and there is no white water. To Golf team The U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Community Golf Team 2533. sign up, call 09802-83-3225. has been newly formed. Team membership is open to both men and women ID card holders 18 years and older and Reminders Summer bowling During the summer, buy a bowling punch card and get 50 out of high school. Prospective members should have a games for $0.50 each. The cards are only on sale in June handicap of 24 or lower. To learn more, call 09802-83- Terrace Playhouse tickets All tickets for the Terrace Playhouse are handled by the and are valid through the end of August. To learn more, 2085 or DSN 467-2085. concierge at the Von Steuben Community Center. Pick up call Katterbach Bowling Center at 09802-83-2638 or DSN tickets in person or call 467-2930 or 09802-83-2930. 467-2638 or Storck Bowling Center at 09841-83-4530 or Youth and teens DSN 467-4530. ASCC Summer reading program Bleidorn and Storck community libraries host a summer The Ansbach Spouses’ and Civilians’ Club is a way to Ice cream, bowling Fridays throughout June at Katterbach and Storck bowling reading program July 2 through 24 with special events meet people and get involved with the community. To centers is the ice cream and bowling special. The next date Tuesdays at 3 p.m. at Bleidorn and Wednesdays at 3 p.m. learn more, email for the special is June 14. When you bowl two games with at Storck. To learn more, call 09811-83-1740 or DSN 468Story time shoe rental, you get a pint of ice cream free. Children 6 to 1740 or 09841-83-4675 or DSN 467-4675. Bleidorn Community Library hosts story time at 3 p.m. 17 years of age can participate with no cost. Bowling costs Tuesdays, and Storck Community Library hosts story $2 per game and shoe rentals cost $2 per pair. To learn EFMP bowling more, call Katterbach Bowling Center at 09802-83-2638 The Exceptional Family Member Program holds family time at 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Story time combines stories, or DSN 467-2638 or Storck Bowling Center at 09841-83- bowling at Katterbach and Storck bowling centers July crafts and games for pre-school and elementary children. 22 and Aug. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is subject to To learn more, call 09811-83-1740 or DSN 468-1740 or 4530 or DSN 467-4530. cancellation if minimum number of sign-ups is not met. 09841-83-4675 or DSN 467-4675. To learn more, call 09802-83-2883 or 467-2883. Women’s volleyball The USAG Ansbach women’s community volleyball team CYSS summer programs The Child, Youth and School Services’ summer programs can be found online at docs/cysssummerprograms. CYSS has many programs to meet the needs of your children and you. To learn more, call Parent Central Services at 09802-83-2533/2531 or 09841-83-4880. 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 to change. To learn more or to register, call Katterbach CDC/SAC at 09802-83-2533 or 467-2533 or Storck ACS/ CDC at 09841-83-4880 or 467-4880.

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

Night at 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.

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New volunteers New volunteer orientations for the American Red Cross take place June 21 and July 9 and 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at Army Community Service, Room 118; advance registration is encouraged but not required. To learn more, call 0951-300-1760. Babysitter training American Red Cross hosts babysitter training. The first session is June 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The second session is June 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Training is open to anyone ages 11 to 17. Both sessions are required to gain certification. The training costs $45. Advanced registration is required. To learn more, call 0951-300-1760.

Wilderness first aid American Red Cross holds a course on wilderness and Delays remote first aid July 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both Due to the garrison outing day customers at USAG dates of training are different modules of the same course. Bamberg should expect delays and limited services June Training is open to adults and children 14 and older that 17. Affected operations have signs up to inform customers hold current CPR/AED/first aid certification. The course in advance. There will be no post shuttle service that day. costs $55 and advanced registration is required. To learn more, call 0951-300-1760. Beer & Brats Fest Join the Beer and Brats Fest June 21 at Summerall Field, Pet first aid behind the Community Activity Center, Bldg. 7047, from American Red Cross hosts pet first aid training July 17 5 to 10 p.m. Participants should bring cash to the event. To from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The training costs $45 and advanced the second Saturday of the month at Summerall Field near learn more, call 0951-300-8837 or 469-8837. registration is required. To learn more, call 0951-300-1760. the Community Activity Center. Dates for the flea markets are July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12. New shuttle schedule Car show A new post shuttle schedule is effective at USAG Bamberg The Auto Skills Center holds their car show July 4 English as a Second Language Classes now and is now available at beginning at 10 a.m. at the Freedom Fitness Facility English as a Second Language classes will take place each directorates/dol/docs/postshuttle.pdf. The adjustment to parking lot. Judging runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Entry fee for the Monday and Tuesday in the Family Advocacy Program the post shuttle service was necessary to comply with a car show competition is $10. Otherwise, attendance is free. classroom, Bldg. 7487 on Armor Drive behind the flower Department of the Army directive to reduce cost with least To learn more, call 0951-300-7546 or DSN 469-7546 or shop. ESL Level 1 will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Level 2 impact on the established quality of life standards. from 10:30 am. to noon and Level 3 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. visit All U.S. ID cardholders are eligible to attend. For more Shredder information, contact Jeffrey Card at jeffrey.p.card.civ@ Overseas tax extension Those wishing to use the shredder at the Recycling Center U.S. citizens, resident aliens and military members living or 0951-300-7777. for paper, CDs and DVDs can make an appointment at overseas are granted an automatic 60-day extension to file DSN 469-7598 or 469-9007. tax returns. The Bamberg tax center will be open until Emergency Placement Care Program the end of June to service the community. To learn more, The Emergency Placement Care Program, which provides BOSS Budapest trip call 0951-300-8262 or visit a safe and caring environment to children in crisis, is Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers and Morale, International-Taxpayers/U.S.-Citizens-and-Resident- looking for Emergency Placement Care Providers who will Welfare and Recreation out of USAG Grafenwoehr are Aliens-Abroad---Automatic-2-Month-Extension-of- open their homes to children in need. To learn more, call planning a trip to Budapest, Hungary, June 14 through 17. Army Community Service at 0951-300-8397/7777. Time-to-File. 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 Parenting Skill Builder Classes Arts and Crafts Contest or DSN 475-4309 or 09662-83-2942 or DSN 476-2942. The 2013 Arts and Crafts contest runs through June 30. It Bamberg Family Life Center New Parenting Skills is open to all Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons (active duty, National Guard, Family members, retirees and Army civilians) of all ages. Categories are ceramics, digital art, drawings, fibers/textiles, glass, metals/jewelry, mixed media, paintings and wood. Contact your local Arts and Crafts Center for details. Bulk Item Pickup The Directorate of Public Works will pick up bulk items for disposal the first Monday of the month. The dates for 2013 are July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7 and Nov. 4. Postal Service Center Hours Effective now, the Postal Service Center opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the finance windows and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for mail and package pickup. Official mail pickup is open from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Single Soldier Supper There will be a Single Soldier Supper at 5:30 p.m. at the Bamberg Community Chapel 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.

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Center are temporarily reduced to 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There also is currently reduced space at the School Age Center. Subway New Hours Subway, located in the Shoppette, has reduced its hours. The new hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For the latest hours of all Army and Air Force Exchange Service locations, visit ExchangeLocations/WarnerBarracksStore.htm. Optical Shop Closure The Optical Shop is now closed. Customers in need of optical services after the closure can visit the optical shops at other garrisons.

Youth and Teens CYSS survey Bamberg Child, Youth and School Services is looking to improve their current programs. You can help by filling out a survey and leaving comments. To take the survey, visit

Classes start the first Tuesday of every month and meet from 9 to 11 a.m. for four sessions. Learning the skills to parent with love and logic can help make parenting fun and rewarding, instead of stressful and chaotic. You will learn practical tools and techniques to build respectful, healthy relationships with children and help prepare children for the real world. To learn more, to register or to sign up for child care, call 0951-300-1570/8141 or email

Closures and Changes

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.

Vehicle registration closure The vehicle registration office will be closed June 17 and Sports, Health and Fitness June 20 after 11:45 a.m. To learn more, call 0951-3007580 or 469-7580. Fitness Classes The Freedom Fitness Facility offers a variety of fitness Day spa operating days classes. To learn more, visit The day spa will shorten operating days Aug. 1. The spa directorates/dfmwr/docs/fff/FFF-FitnessSchedule.htm. 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 Circuit PT spa will be closed Sundays through Tuesdays. Free circuit physical training is back at the Freedom Fitness Center Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 Changes for Bamberg CDC p.m. To learn more, call 0951-300-8890 or DSN 469-8890. Hourly care services at the Bamberg Child Development

Weekly Reminders CDC Parking Parking in front of the Child Development Center is for patron drop-off and pickup only. Other parking opportunities nearby include in front of the Basics Building, in front of Community Bank and the PX/ Commissary parking lot. Military Council of Catholic Women The Military Council of Catholic Women meets Thursdays at the chapel. Mass begins at noon, followed by fellowship, lunch and study group from 12:30 to 2 p.m. To learn more, email Arts and Crafts Take part in the crafter’s club at noon every Tuesday at the Arts and Crafts classroom on the first floor of Bldg. 7047. Join the fun. Crafters get together to share ideas, tips and tricks on a variety of crafts. Learn something new or share your knowledge. The event is free. To learn more, call 0951-300-8659 or email 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.

Library Events Gamers’ Challenge meets every Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. To learn more, call 0951-300-1740. 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 the recycling program. For more information, call the environmental office at 0951-300-8426.

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

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THEATERS The Purge Now Showing | 85 Minutes In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-including murder-becomes legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It’s one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.

Rated R for strong disturbing violence and some language. Visit for more information.

IN THEATERS • June 13 - 19 BAMBERG THEATER • 0951-297-3934 June 13 - Jurassic Park (PG-13) 7 p.m. June 14 - After Earth (PG-13) 7 p.m. June 15 - After Earth (PG-13) 3 p.m.; The Internship (PG-13) 7 p.m. June 16 - The Internship (PG-13) 3 p.m.; KATTERBACH THEATER • 09802-83-1790 (Now in Digital 3D!) June 13 - Fast & Furious 6 (PG-13) 7 p.m. June 14 - After Earth (PG-13) 7 p.m. June 15 - The Internship (PG-13) 4 p.m. The Hangover Part III (R) 7 p.m. June 16 - The Croods (PG) 3 p.m. Oblivion (PG-13) 6 p.m. ILLESHEIM THEATER • 09841-83-4546 June 15 - Epic (PG) 4 p.m. Fast & Furious 6 (PG-13) 7 p.m. June 16 - Epic (PG) 3 p.m. Fast & Furious 6 (PG-13) 6 p.m. SCHWEINFURT THEATER • 09721-96-1790 June 13 - The Hangover Part III (R) 7 p.m. June 14 - Now You See Me (PG-13) 7 p.m. June 15 - Now You See Me (PG-13) 4 p.m.; The Purge (R) 7 p.m. June 16 - Now You See Me (PG-13) 4 p.m.; The Purge (R) 7 p.m.

Eco-Friendly Tips Water-saving Tips

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

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

Recycling Recycle more than bottles, cans and newspapers. Don’t forget to consider the recycling options for other household items including: batteries, refrigerators, computers, electronics, tires, etc. Your on-post Recycling Center has containers for all of these! Start using paper products and other items made from recycled fibers, so more trees don’t have to be cut down. Multi-ply paper towels, toilet paper, kitchen towels, cups, napkins, office stationary -and so much more- are now available in recycled fibers.

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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 June 22-23 Summer solstice mountain fires $99 Once a year near the summer solstice, the Austrians illuminate the mountains around Ehrwald with adisplay of fires, which form remarkable pictures. The trip will stay overnight in Haiming, which is central to many activities of the Tyrolean Alps. After seeing the fires in the evening June 22, the trip will visit the Swarovski Innsbruck factory showroom in the morning June 23. The trip departs Storck Barracks at 8 a.m. and Katterbach Kaserne at 9 a.m. and returns approximately at 8 p.m. The trip costs $99 for adults, $59 for children and $215 for families. July 13 Ceský Krumlov $99 Visit this beautiful city in the southern Bohemian region of the Czech Republic best known for fine architecture, art of the historic old town and Ceský Krumov Castle. Enjoy a traditional wooden raft ride down the Vltava River, which is a great way to see the historical center of Ceský Krumlov. The trip costs $99 for adults, $59 for children and $215 for familes. Children younger than 3 are free. July 20 Europa Park $45 In Germany’s biggest amusement park, you can wander through 13 Europeanthemed areas offering more than 100 attractions and international shows. Admission fees are 37.50 euros for adults, 33 euros for children ages 4 to 11 and free for children younger than 4. Transportation is $45 for adults, $35 for children and $109 for families. For more information, call Ansbach Outdoor Recreation at 09802-833225.

BAMBERG 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. July 13 Legoland Deutschland $40 Enjoy the family-friendly theme park of Legoland at Gunzenburg, Germany. The cost is $40 for adults, $30 for children ages 4 to 12 and $25 for children 3 and younger. The trip departs the chapel parking lot at 6 a.m. and returns at approximately 10 p.m. July 20-21 Conquer the Zugspitze $150 This two-day hike to the top of Germany includes an overnight stay in a traditional mountain hut. It’s a moderately difficult excursion consisting of approximately 6 hours of hiking each day at elevations higher than 6,000 feet. The trip departs at 6 a.m. July 20 and returns approximately at 10 p.m. July 21. For more information, call Bamberg Outdoor Recreation at 0951-300-9376.

SCHWEINFURT June 22 Climbing on a Klettersteig $25 Challenge yourself physically and mentally by climbing a natural rock formation while safely harnessed. Participation fee of $25 includes transportation and equipment. The trip leaves at 9 a.m. and returns approximately at 5 p.m. 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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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Was ist los in Franken?

By Bianca Sowders, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs Hiking the “Volksmarch” in Franken A Volksmarch in Germany is known as Wandertag (hiking day) and is a great way for the whole family to experience the countryside of different regions. Participants typically choose from 5-, 10- or 20-kilometer 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 beverages are sold on location and registration is usually possible on site. It is recommended to contact the listed point of contact for exact starting times, updates and detailed location information. For more hiking events and locations within Germany, visit the website of the National Hiking Association at Volksmarches in and around Franconia: • June 15 and 16 at Markt Erlbach (6/10/20k); Wanderfreunde Rangau Markt Erlbach, 09106-6312, Start: 6 a.m. to noon – (w/English description). • June 15 and 16 at Selbitz (5/10/20k); SpVgg 1914 e.V. Selbitz, 09280-1006,, Start: June 15 from 7 a.m. to noon and June 16 from 6 to 11 a.m. at Sportplatz „Grüne Au“, Austrasse 12 – file/selbitz.pdf. • June 22 and 23 at Heßdorf-Hannberg (5,10,20k); Wanderfreunde Heßdorf; 09193-8974, Start: 6 a.m. to noon for 5- and 10k and 6 to 11 a.m. for 20k at Kirchensteig 2 – www. • June 29 and 30 in Spalt (5/10/15k); Wanderfreunde Spalt. Start: 7 a.m. to noon at Industriestr. 16 – spalt.pdf. • July 6 and 7 in Pottenstein (5/10/20k); Wandergemeinschaft Pottenstein, 09243-1235. Start: July 6 from 6 a.m. to noon, July 7 from 6 to 11 a.m. at Bayreuther Berg 7, Graf-Botho-Volksschule – www. • July 6 and 7 in Grombach (6/10/20k); Kraichgau-Wanderer Grombach, 07266-1275, Start: July 6 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 7 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Schlossberghalle, Sportplatz 6 – Afrika Festival - Nürnberg The Africa Festical in Nürnberg at the Pegnitzwiesen (Theodor-HeussBrücke) June 13 through 16 offers national and international artists, movies, workshops and children’s entertainment. A bazaar provides food, drinks and African products. Opening hours are Thursday from 2 to 11 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. To learn more, visit River Jam in Nürnberg “Jam am Fluss” at the Pegnitzbühne (Silberstraße 9) in Nürnberg is

AAFES Corner

an open air concert event happening June 14 through 16, featuring Elena Jank & The Acoustics (folk rock), Footsteps (blues rock), Have A Sitar (The Wall show), Flowers Of The Night (Jefferson Airplane and more), Zepp In (Led Zeppelin tribute), Roots T. (reggae), Double Trouble (blues rock) and more. Tickets run from 12 to 35 euros; for program details and ticket information, visit Flea Market in Dinkelsbühl Dinkelsbühl is hosting a flea market in the old part of town on Sunday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about Dinkelsbühl and its events, visit

American Recital Series - Leah Gordon in Nürnberg The Canadian soprano Leah Gordon invites you on a journey through the many faces of love from youthful desire, to one-night-stands, cheating spouses, divorce, realizing your husband´s a stranger to the loss of love through death. The program features selections from William Bolcom´s “Cabaret Songs” and “Minicabs” with prominent contemporary composers of the American musical theater. The recital is scheduled for June 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Museum Tucherschloss (Hirsvogelsaal, Treibberg 6) in Nürnberg. To learn more, visit www. Open Air Music Festival – Würzburg The open air music festival “Umsonst & Draussen” (outdoors & free) takes place at the Talavera fest grounds (Luitpoldstraße) in Würzburg June 20 through 23. Besides live bands, the festival offers entertainment for the whole family; admission to all events is free. To learn more, visit Grafflmarkt – Fürth The Grafflmarkt in Fürth is a large flea market downtown scheduled for June 21 and 22; find junk or treasures June 21 from 4 to 10 p.m. and June 22 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wine Fest in Kitzingen The traditional wine fest in Kitzingen is situated along the Main River. This year it is open June 28 through July 1. Entertainment includes live music every evening, a laser light show June 28 and July 1 evening and a dragon boat race June 30. Rothsee Triathlon Festival The Rothsee Triathlon Festival June 29 and 30 is a sports event with participants running, swimming and riding bicycles over Olympic distances. The finish line and entertainment program for the audience as well as the awards ceremony will be located at the Rothsee Segelzentrum in Heuberg. To learn more, visit

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