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

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Clinics have vaccines for soon-to-be students By Douglas DeMaio, Bavaria Medical Department Activity Public Affairs

VILSECK, Germany – Medical professionals in Bavaria are encouraging parents of school-aged children to make an appointment for school-year vaccinations. Department of Defense Education Activity policy requires students who enroll in DoDEA schools to meet specific immunization requirements. “August is National Immunization Awareness Month, which just happens to coincide with the beginning of the school year,” said Maj. Kevin Warwick, acting chief of Preventive Medicine for Bavaria Medical Department Activity. “We’re asking community members to be proactive and start the immunization process early Children need immunizations for school and this is an excellent opportunity for parents to make sure their up to date with their vaccines.” Between now and the end of the month, parents are encouraged to make an appointment for immunizations at their clinic. DoDEA allows a 30-day grace period for transferring students. More information about vaccine requirements for DoDEA schools can be found at upload/Immunization_Requirements_ SY1314.pdf.

Courtesy Bavaria Medical Department Activity Public Affairs

Between now and the end of the month, parents are encouraged to make an appointment for immunizations at their clinic.

Bamberg American Red Cross hosts Paws and Claws Pet Day

Comedian Mitch Fatel to take the stage at USAG Bamberg’s Stable Theater By Simon Hupfer, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs

BAMBERG, Germany – Armed Forces Entertainment will bring comedian Mitch Fatel and special guest Bryan Ricci to U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg’s Stable Theater on August 7 at 7 p.m. Fatel, a New York native, performs regularly at the Comedy Cellar in Manhattan. He has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He has also worked as a correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2006, Fatel was named “Best StandUp Comedian” at the Aspen Comedy Festival.

Just a few moments on Mitch Fatel’s YouTube channel is all it takes to conclude that his comedy program is very adult, so leave the kids at home and enjoy a free night out. More information about the Armed Forces Entertainment tour can be found at http://www. armedforcesentertainment. com/mitch.htm. To visit Mitch Fatel’s website for more information about the comedian, go to http://www.

Simon Hupfer / USAG Bamberg Public Affairs

BAMBERG, Germany - Emma and Mavrik, both 12 weeks old husky puppies, took third place at U.S. Army garrison’s cutest dog competition. Their owners, Megan Molthop and Alina Rice, participated in the American Red Cross’ Paws and Claws Pet Day July 25, which featured information on pet health and safety, travel and PCS information and Bamberg’s veterinarian, Cpt. Alberto Bonfiglio, who was available for questions. The Bamberg Red Cross is offering various classes for pet owners, including pet first aid and pet CPR. For more information contact Samantha Wudel at 0951-300-1760.

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The dog days of summer can be a hazard to your pet Story by Capt. Andrew Schrader, USAG Schweinfurt Veterinary Clinic OIC

SCHWEINFURT, Germany -We’re in the thick of the summer and it’s important for pet owners to be aware of the danger that the increase in heat can pose to their beloved pets. It doesn’t take much exposure to excessive heat before your pet will begin suffering from a heat injury. For some animals, five minutes in a nonair conditioned car (even with the windows cracked several inches) can be enough for their body temperature to rise to a point in which their life is in danger. The inside of a car can rise almost 30 degrees Fahrenheit within 20 minutes. As an animal’s internal temperature rises, their body undergoes physiologic changes to try to adapt to the warmer environment. Once their body reaches a critical point they may have difficulty breathing; their body may go into shock and lose consciousness. Ultimately, unless care is provided, death may occur. The increased body heat can also damage the gastrointestinal tract, thus further complicating their condition. Further irreversible damage could result in the literal cooking of the animal’s brain. How can you tell if your animal is overheated? Often the first signs are a decrease in energy or drive as well as excessive labored breathing. From here, a heat injury can progress from mild symptoms to a severe life threatening situation quite rapidly. If you suspect your pet is suffering from overexposure to heat, there are a number of measures you can take. Dousing the animal with cool water and blowing air over them with a fan is the first thing to do in an attempt to regulate their body temperature. It is important to know that the sooner a pet can be seen by a veterinarian, the sooner treatment can begin and the likelihood that complications may occur is reduced. All of these awful conditions can be prevented by not leaving a pet in a car unattended and ensuring your pet is well Brian Adkins U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt, Manager

Col. Christopher M. Benson U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, Commander

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

Nestor Lacle via Flickr Creative Commons

Summer’s high temperatures and excessive heat can be threatening to your pet if they are left unattended in vehicles.

hydrated. Avoid taking your pet for a walk during the middle of the day when outside temperatures are at their highest. Ensuring your pet is not overweight can do a lot as an animal can better regulate their body temperature without the extra insulation that obesity provides. If you see a pet unattended in a vehicle for an unnecessary amount of time, be sure to contact the Military Police at DSN: 3546766/6624 or CIV: 09721-96-6766 / 6624. They will send a patrol car over to access the situation and take further action if deemed necessary. Summer temperatures may not seem to be that extreme in Germany, but to your pet it could mean the difference between life and death.

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

Garrison Ansbach website at All Family and MWR programs provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with special needs. For assistance please contact the facility manager prior to your visit. Contact Information: Office Location: Bldg. 5256, Barton Barracks U.S. Army Address: Unit 28614, APO AE 09177 Telephone: DSN:468-1600 German Address: Meinhardswindener Str. 5256, 91522 Ansbach Telephone: 09811-83-1600

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Army looking at opening more combat jobs to women By Julia Henning, Army News Service WASHINGTON — Last month the Army announced its plan to integrate women into combat roles, opening positions within 27 brigade combat teams, which include nine National Guard brigade combat teams. The Army also opened positions within field artillery battalions down to the company level, so that female officers could be battery commanders and platoon leaders. Other positions throughout the Army are being examined and could possibly open to women under the “Soldier 2020” initiative, said Col. Linda Sheimo, chief of the Command Programs and Policy Division at the Directorate of Military Personnel Management, Army G-1. The Army’s “Soldier 2020” initiative is about having the best Soldiers possible in the Army by 2020, Sheimo said. Part of that will be re-evaluating standards and validating gender-neutral standards for Army jobs, she explained. The Soldier 2020 initiative requires the scientific validation of all physical fitness standards that are currently in place. This evaluation could make way for the development of a pre-test, so that individuals can take more time to train and prepare on their

Staff Sgt. John Zumer / 10th AAMDC Public Affairs

From the American Revolutionary War to the present recent overseas contingency operations, women have served a vital role in the U.S. Army. As women expanded into different roles in the U.S. Army, it was clear that the heart of a warrior was not limited to one gender.

own for certain jobs. “We’re not lowering standards,” Sheimo said. “We are ensuring that every Soldier knows what the standard is. The reality is that you will have some cases where men will not be able to meet that minimum requirement, they just won’t have the physical capability, and there might be some women that do.” By summer 2015, recommendations will be made to Army senior leadership

Commander gets tough on combating sexual harassment, assault FORT MEADE, Md. — Better communication between leaders and troops is key to combating sexual harassment and assault, said the Army’s top civilian leader. Secretary of the Army John McHugh spoke last month during a meeting with Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, or SHARP, representatives. “We have to do everything we can in leadership and within our ranks to talk about and face up to this problem,” he said. “This is the main challenge we face today beyond being at war. “You can succeed from this day forward in virtually every aspect of your military career,” he continued, “but if you fail at this, and that is leading on the issue of sexual assault, you’ve failed the Army.” Also last month, McHugh detailed a new directive that will make the Army the first military branch to require behavioral... To read more, click here.

about what jobs can and cannot realistically be opened to women, she said. Women fighting for their country is nothing new. From enlisting undercover like Deborah Sampson, to firing cannons like Molly “Pitcher” Hays McCauley, women have been fighting in combat since the Revolutionary War. In the 1940s, the Army first made headway into incorporating women into the ranks. It was

then, in 1942, the military allowed women to serve as part of the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps, later the Women’s Army Corps. In 1978, that organization was dissolved and the WAC was integrated into the Regular Army. In 1994, then Secretary of Defense Les Aspen put into effect the Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, or DGCAR. The rule prohibited women from being assigned to... To read more, click here.

Army spouse gets a chance at life thanks to medical breakthrough at LRMC

LANDSTUHL, Germany — When a patients’ life depends on a 13hour flight and a complicated lung bypass machine for survival, there’s a lot of fear that something could go wrong. But for the wife of an Army Soldier stationed in Germany, it was not only a smooth medical evacuation flight across the Atlantic, but also a first in military medicine. On July 10,2013, a team from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, or LRMC, flew an Army spouse from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, to the San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas while connected to a portable heart-lung bypass machine called ECMO, which stands for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. The machine oxygenates the patient’s blood outside their body, allowing the organs to rest and recover on their own. So far the specialized 6-person Acute Lung Rescue Team from LRMC has flown American, British and Italian military patients from downrange to LRMC since 2010, but this was the first transatlantic flight in the history of ECMO. Until now the patients... To read more, click here.

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Understanding the 3-way intersection near Conn back gate Story by Nathan Van Schaik and Margaret Gotheridge, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs SCHWEINFURT, Germany—The threeway intersection outside the Conn back gate and behind Askren Manor can be confusing and at times dangerous, leaving many Americans unfamiliar with German traffic laws scratching their heads: Who has the right of way? Euerbacher Strasse runs adjacent Askren Manor, bends west and continues across the bridge eventually feeding into the Conn back gate, often referred to as the Conn East Gate. Continue south at the intersection, keeping the bridge to your right, and the street becomes Am Ochsenrasen. It is this intersection that has left many perplexed. “Coming out of the East Gate of Conn, who has priority, the cars on that road (coming from the gate) or the road that runs straight?” asked Cat Underwood, in a June 2 Facebook post, stating that she was getting mixed answers. The rule of thumb is straightforward: the vehicle coming from the right always has the right of way, said Albert Hahn, the department head for the city of Schweinfurt’s traffic section. When traffic signs are absent, vehicles coming from the right have the right of way at intersections, junctions and traffic circles, according the Army’s Driver’s Handbook for

Nathan Van Schaik / USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

Two cars meet at the intersection near the Conn back gate and behind Askren Manor. The red car has the right of way, says Albert Hahn, the department head for the city of Schweinfurt’s traffic section. While both drivers should use their turn signals, vehicles coming from the right have the right of way at intersections when traffic signs are absent.

Germany (section II, number 19, paragraph B). “If you are coming from Conn East Gate on Eurbacher Strasse, you still have to yield to those cars or bikes coming from the residential road (Am Ochsenrasen),” said Klaus Finster, a USAG Schweinfurt driving instructor with the driver’s testing activity. But further compounding the overall complexity of the intersection are the thick brush and trees blocking the view of oncoming

vehicles along a thin bridge. “Drivers approaching from Conn should make a slow approach at 30 kph turning on their desired traffic signal and look towards any traffic approaching from the right. The driver should slow down to a walking speed of maximum 7 kph and get ready to brake,” said Finster. “The bottom line is this: Each driver has to drive slowly and carefully. Both have to be considerate of each other,” Hahn said.

Color Run for Prevention

Story and photos by Stephen Baack, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs S T O R C K Fitness Center, the B A R R A C K S , no-cost 5K helped Germany – U.S. raise awareness for Army Garrison a variety of causes Ansbach’s Family each represented by and Morale, Welfare a color, including and Recreation the prevention of Sports & Fitness child abuse (blue), hosted the five- breast cancer (red), kilometer Color suicide (yellow) Run for Prevention and domestic at Storck Barracks violence (purple). As July 20. Hundreds participants passed of members from stations throughout the USAG Ansbach the run, volunteers c o m m u n i t y were on hand to spray participated in the the runners with event, including colors representing Soldiers, family the causes. members, U.S. Every runner civilians and local had three things nationals, and even a in common: They few pets. arrived in white Starting and shirts, they used their ending at Storck own time and effort

for a good cause, and they left with a lot more color than when they arrived – wearing the colors like badges of honor. To keep up to date on more events like this, “like” the Ansbach

Family & MWR Facebook page at http:// and the USAG Ansbach Facebook page at

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Franconia Military Community Announcements

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 Information Technology Training Program The Army in Europe Information Technology Training is now 15 euros instead of 10. Parking a car on a bike path Program and Knowlogy offer the training you need to costs 20 to 30 euros. fulfill your certification requirements! We are a proven solution for DOD 8570.1 compliance and have a proven DLA Disposition Services Sites Notice track record of delivering training and certification services DLA Disposition Services Sites in Schweinfurt and to the US Army, Air Force, Navy and other clients. Come Grafenwoehr have re-opened for property turn-in. to our fully equipped facilities across Europe for your Reutilization, Transfer, Donation and Hazardous Waste training needs or we can come to you! For a full list of our Disposal services has also resumed. For any urgent upcoming courses go to matters, the site team can be called at 09721-96-8277 in Schweinfurt or 09641-83-6384 in Grafenwoehr. aspx or contact your local Site Coordinator at 476-2635. 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 At Bamberg, there will be Independence Day events July 4 and the Sesame Street Show July 12. To learn more, visit mil. In Ansbach, there will be Independence Day events at Katterbach July 4 and Sesame Street at Katterbach July 17. To learn more, visit Savings fund application warning The Apple App Store is offering a free iPhone application called TSP Funds that is not sanctioned by the Thrift Savings Plan. The app asks TSP participants for their account login information. TSP recommends that participants not use the TSP Funds app to access their TSP accounts because using the app could result in a security risk to their accounts.

Care Experience Returning an Army Provider Satisfaction Survey can generate money for the local health clinic. Positive responses to the questions that generate money for the clinic are great, but honest responses about the customer experience is necessary to improve the clinic’s quality of service. Beneficiaries who do not receive a survey within six weeks of a visit to a local clinic should ensure their Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System is up to date. CID Seeks Qualified Soldiers The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is recruiting qualified Soldiers who are interested in pursuing a career as a federal law enforcement officer. To learn more, visit Army Suggestion Program The Army Suggestion Program encourages Soldiers, civilians and other individuals to submit ideas on how the Army can increase efficiency or cut costs. Suggestions are assessed on how much they save the Army and can earn individuals thousands of dollars. To learn more or to

submit an idea, Army Knowledge Online registered users can visit the ASP website at http://asp.hqda.pentagon. mil/public. Those unable to access AKO can submit a DA Form 1045 to their installation coordinator. Get EFMP Registered Is your Soldier coming back from deployment? If your Soldier is receiving orders to another location, it is not too early to start your Exceptional Family Member Program paperwork. Family members can start the paperwork now. 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. OneSource Mobile Army OneSource is now available for smartphone browsers. The launch of a mobile device version will optimize Army OneSource the mobile experience for visitors. Visit today. 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.

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Eco-Friendly Tips Water-saving Tips

Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it, such as watering the plants or garden, or for cleaning. Position sprinklers properly to water the lawn and shrubs and not the paved areas.

Energy-saving Tips If you need to use an air conditioner - keep the room closed to keep the cool air in. Keep the air conditioner out of the sun. Placing it in direct sunlight causes it to work harder.

Recycling Use reusable porcelain or metal mugs for coffee breaks instead of disposable ones. If you’re staying in for lunch, bring it in reusable plastic containers rather than in paper or plastic bags.

THEATERS R.I.P.D. Opening July 26, 2013 | 96 Minutes Two cops dispatched by the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, two of R.I.P.D.’s finest must miraculously restore the cosmic balance...or watch the tunnel to the afterlife begin sending angry souls the very wrong way. Rated PG-13 for violence, sci-fi/fantasy action, some sensuality, and language including sex references.

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IN THEATERS • July 26-August 1 BAMBERG THEATER • 0951-297-3934 July 26 - Red 2 (PG-13) 7 p.m. July 27 - R.I.P.D. (PG-13) 7 p.m. July 28 - The Conjuring (PG-13) 7 p.m. KATTERBACH THEATER • 09802-83-1790 (Now in Digital 3D!) July 25 - Pacific Rim 3D (PG-13) 7 p.m. July 26 - Red 2 (PG-13) 7 p.m. July 27 - Turbo in 3D (PG) 4 p.m. The Conjuring (R) 7 p.m. July 28 - Despicable Me 2 in 3D (PG) 3 p.m. R.I.P.D. in 3D (PG-13) 6 p.m. ILLESHEIM THEATER • 09841-83-4546 July 27 - Despicable Me 2 (PG) 4 p.m. The Lone Ranger (PG-13) 7 p.m. July 28 - Despicable Me 2 (PG) 3 p.m. The Lone Ranger (PG-13) 6 p.m. SCHWEINFURT THEATER • 09721-96-1790 July 26 - Pacific Rim (PG-13) 7 p.m. July 27 - Turbo (PG) 4 p.m.; Pacific Rim (PG-13) 7 p.m. July 28 - Turbo (PG) 4 p.m.; Grown-ups 2 (R) 7 p.m.

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games for $0.50 each. The cards are only on sale in June and are valid through the end of August. To learn more, call Katterbach Bowling Center at 09802-83-2638 or DSN 467-2638 or Storck Bowling Center at 09841-83-4530 or DSN 467-4530.

Send all announcements to Ansbach Public Affairs at usarmy.ansbach.imcom-europe.list.


Youth and teens

Debt Notice This is a notice regarding Capt. Kevin D. Sirucek. All services under Sirucek’s name should be put on hold. All those with debts to be collected under the name of Sirucek should also be put on hold. For more information regarding collections, debtors and creditors should call Chief Warrant Officer 3 Aristoteles Steward at (mobile) 015253438906 or (DSN) 467-2152, or email

Summer reading program Bleidorn and Storck community libraries host a summer reading program now through July 24 with special events Tuesdays at 3 p.m. at Bleidorn and Wednesdays at 3 p.m. at Storck. To learn more, call 09811-83-1740 or DSN 4681740 or 09841-83-4675 or DSN 467-4675. CYSS summer programs The Child, Youth and School Services’ summer programs can be found online at cysssummerprograms. CYSS has many fulfilling programs. To learn more, call Parent Central Services at 09802-832533/2531 or 09841-83-4880.

New barber shop A new barber shop has opened at Katterbach Kaserne in Bldg. 5817 next to the post office and the launderette. Its operating hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. It will be open U.S. holidays but closed on German holidays.

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 webtrac/ansbachcyms.html. To learn more, call 09811-83-7866 or DSN 4687866 or 09841-83-4849 or DSN 467-4849.

Flower power U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach needs volunteers to make the community a more beautiful place to live by adopting a flower pot to weed, water and grow. Those who adopt will receive a sign on their pot. Picking a pot is based on a first-come, firstserved basis. Individuals and organizations interested in adopting one of the stone flower pots in the garrison’s footprint are invited can email ansbach.flowerpower@ Storck Warrior Zone hours Please remember that effective now, the Warrior Zone at Storck Barracks will be operational with new opening hours. The Warrior Zone will be closed Mondays through Thursdays and be open from 5 p.m. to midnight Fridays, from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturdays and from 2 to 9 p.m. Sundays. To learn more, call 09841-834584 or DSN 467-4584. Open dance night Storck Recreation Center, on the third floor of the Storck Community Activity Center, holds open dance night with live DJ entertainment throughout the summer from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be a country party July 18 and you-vote-for-it parties Aug. 1 and 15. To learn more, call 09841-83-4714 or DSN 467-4714. ESL 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 develop and improve verbal and written English language skills. To learn more, call 0980283-7627 or DSN 467-7627.

Closures and changes

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.

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 Sports, health and fitness now through Aug. 1. Krav Maga B14 Resurfacing Krav Maga sessions with Kevin have Resurfacing of the road that is currently in changed prices. One session is $10, 4 progress on B14 near the entrance to Urlas sessions are $35, 8 sessions are $70, 12 Housing and Shipton Kaserne will continue sessions are $85 and 20 sessions are $100. but will move toward the city of Ansbach. To learn more, call Katterbach Physical Because of this, temporary modifications to Fitness Center at 09802-83-2771 or DSN normal traffic patterns will take place. There 467-2771 or call Storck Physical Fitness is no date yet as to when the resurfacing of Center at 09841-83-4582 or DSN 467the road will be complete. 4582. Bowling schedule changes The U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program’s 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

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. 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 09802-83-2771 or DSN 467-2771.

FRG Child Care Night Child care is available for mission-related family readiness group meetings on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To learn more, call Parent Central Services at 09841-83-4880 or 09802-83-2533. Reminders Terrace Playhouse tickets All tickets for the Terrace Playhouse are handled by the concierge at the Von Steuben Community Center. Pick up tickets in person or call 467-2930 or 09802-832930. Story time Bleidorn Community Library hosts story time at 3 p.m. Tuesdays, and Storck Community Library hosts story time at 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Story time combines stories, crafts and games for pre-school and elementary children. To learn more, call 09811-83-1740 or DSN 468-1740 or 09841-83-4675 or DSN 467-4675. Volunteer cards Did you volunteer in 2012? If so, visit Army Community Service to pick up your volunteer card to receive free fitness center classes, bowling and Arts and Crafts projects. To learn more, call 09802-832883/2846 or DSN 467-2883/2846 for Katterbach ACS or 09841-83-4555/4764 or DSN 467-4555/4764 for Storck Barracks ACS.

Summer bowling Buy a bowling punch card and get 50

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Bamberg Community Announcements

post-natal woman or have a child of 0 to 5 years of age, call WIC to see if you qualify. WIC is located in the ACS building. To learn more, call 0951-300-7913/9493 or DSN 469-7913/9493.

Please send all announcements to Bamberg Public Affairs at usarmy.bamberg.usareur.mbx.

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 0951300-8871 and ask for Destiny Cilumba for more details.

Transition 2014 Stay up to date with the latest information regarding the Bamberg’s closure in 2014. Visit the Transition 2014 page for reliable, honest information on the most recent service modifications and reductions, closure news, Soldier, Family and employee resources and frequently asked questions. Visit http://www.bamberg. to stay informed on how closure may impact you. Employment opportunities There is no single application process for jobs on post; some jobs utilize the USAJOBS recruitment portal, some are managed via email, a few are handled on a walk-in basis, and NPS contracts require a bid. Spouses who are interested in employment with the garrison should review strategies on the Transition 2014 blog here.

Sports, Health and Fitness Freedom Fitness Facility The Freedom Fitness Facility is currently offering personal training sessions. To learn more, call 0951-300-8890 or DSN 4698890.

Shuttle schedule The post shuttle schedule is now available at dol/docs/postshuttle.pdf. Survey Are you retiring from the Army in two years? Are you already retired from the Army? Are you married to or living with a Soldier? Take a brief survey to help the U.S. Army Public Health Command develop resources for the Army family. Visit https:// to take the survey. Shredder Those wishing to use the shredder at the Recycling Center for paper, CDs and DVDs can make an appointment at DSN 469-7598 or 469-9007.

Weekly Reminders

second Saturday of the month at Summerall Field near the Community Activity Center. Dates for the flea markets are Aug. 10, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12. English as a Second Language Classes English as a Second Language classes will take place each Monday and Tuesday in the Family Advocacy Program classroom, Bldg. 7487 on Armor Drive behind the flower shop. ESL Level 1 will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Level 2 from 10:30 am. to noon and Level 3 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. All U.S. ID cardholders are eligible to attend. For more information, contact Jeffrey Card at or 0951300-7777.

New volunteers New volunteer orientations for the American Red Cross take place J19 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. Emergency Placement Care Program The Emergency Placement Care Program, Bulk Item Pickup which provides a safe and caring The Directorate of Public Works will pick environment to children in crisis, is looking up bulk items for disposal the first Monday for Emergency Placement Care Providers of the month. The dates for 2013 are Aug. who will open their homes to children in 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7 and Nov. 4. need. To learn more, call Army Community Service at 0951-300-8397/7777. Postal Service Center Hours Effective now, the Postal Service Center Parenting Skill Builder Classes opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bamberg Family Life Center New for the finance windows and 10 a.m. to 6 Parenting Skills Classes start the first p.m. for mail and package pickup. Official Tuesday of every month and meet from 9 mail pickup is open from 10 a.m. to noon to 11 a.m. for four sessions. Learning the and 2 to 4 p.m. skills to parent with love and logic can help make parenting fun and rewarding, Community Flea Markets instead of stressful and chaotic. You will Come and sell your unwanted items or learn practical tools and techniques to search for a great find at the Community build respectful, healthy relationships with Flea Markets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the children and help prepare children for the

CDC Parking Parking in front of the Child Development real world. To learn more, to register or Center is for patron drop-off and pickup to sign up for child care, call 0951-300- only. Other parking opportunities nearby 1570/8141 or email chrisopher.d.floro. include in front of the Basics Building, in front of Community Bank and the PX/ Commissary parking lot. Closures and Changes Military Council of Catholic Women The Military Council of Catholic Women Day spa operating days The day spa will shorten operating meets Thursdays at the chapel. Mass begins days Aug. 1. The spa will only be open at noon, followed by fellowship, lunch and Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 study group from 12:30 to 2 p.m. To learn a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. more, email to 4 p.m. The spa will be closed Sundays Arts and Crafts through Tuesdays. Take part in the crafter’s club at noon every Tuesday at the Arts and Crafts classroom Subway New Hours Subway, located in the Shoppette, has on the first floor of Bldg. 7047. Join the reduced its hours. The new hours are fun. Crafters get together to share ideas, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to tips and tricks on a variety of crafts. Learn 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 something new or share your knowledge. a.m. to 8 p.m. For the latest hours of all The event is free. To learn more, call 0951Army and Air Force Exchange Service 300-8659 or email thomas.stenson@ locations, visit www.shopmyexchange. com/ExchangeLocations/ Service Office WarnerBarracksStore.htm. The USAG Bamberg Retirement Services Officer/Casualty Manager is located in Optical Shop Closure The Optical Shop is now closed. Customers Bldg. 7290, Room 208, next to Burger in need of optical services after the closure King. To learn more, call 0951-300-7514. can visit the optical shops at other garrisons. Ray’s Diner Hours Every weekday, Ray’s Diner serves Youth and Teens breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 5 to WIC The Women Infant and Children, or 6:30 p.m. During the weekends and fourWIC, overseas program provides eligible day weekends, breakfast is served at 8 to participants with food supplements and 9 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and nutrition education. If you are a pre- or dinner at 3:30 to 5 p.m.

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Vol. 10, Issue 30

Page 9

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Schweinfurt Community Announcements

Are you concerned about how your child is developing? If so, call Educational and Developmental Intervention Services to schedule a free screening. Screenings are available to children ages birth to 3 years old. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 09721-96-6257.

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Wanted: Sports coaches and officials The Schweinfurt community is looking for coaches and officials for the youth sports program. No experience is necessary. By registering through Child, Youth and School Services, you will become a certified coach in the National Alliance for Youth Sports. This way you can volunteer and earn extra income by officiating. To learn more, call CYSS at 09721-96-6822 or email

Sizzling summer events This summer find something fantastic for all ages and interest. Everything from classes, international excursions, ceremonies, events, trips, camps and so much more. Start making your summer plans now! Visit sizzilingsummer.htm to learn more. A detailed description of each activity is available in addition to a printable version for all of your must-attend Summer events. The weather is sizzling and so are the things to do in and around Schweinfurt!

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-awayfrom-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 free. Call 09721-96-6487 for details.

Seeking Volunteer Drivers 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 0173-7942998 or 0160-987-98955, or visit the Schweinfurt AADD Facebook page at 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. will be modified, and employment resources are discussed. Have a concern Recycling Education Class about closure? Then submit a question A recycling education course, for trash and get real answers. Don’t fall victim to disposal offenders and anyone who the rumor mill; be informed and prepared wants to learn about recycling, is offered by visiting twice a month Wednesday from 6 to 8:30 closure2014/closure_blog.htm. p.m. Family members 9 and older are encouraged to attend with a parent. Bring a Youth and Teens friend if he or she lives in military housing or military-leased housing. Class space is Give Me 20 limited, so call 09721-96-6955 to sign up. The Youth Center offers a free fitness Classes will be cancelled if no one signs up program Wednesdays and Thursdays by 4:30 p.m. the Tuesday before class. from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for youths ages 13 through 18. Program facilitators show Closures and Changes youths how to safely work out and stay fit. Dedicated participants will see positive Closure 2014 results. Workouts include sports, spinning, Stay up to date with the latest information weightlifting and more. Participants must regarding the Schweinfurt’s closure be registered with CYSS and have a in 2014. Visit the Closure 2014 page permission slip on file. To learn more, call for reliable, honest information on the the Youth Center at 09721-96-6732. most recent service modifications and reductions, closure news, Soldier, Family Smart Girls and employee resources and frequently Young ladies, the Smart Girls program asked questions. Visit www.schweinfurt. is up and running again. Topics include to stay informed on life skills, healthy eating, fitness, health how closure may impact you. care systems, positive mentors, respecting yourself, fashion shows, dinner with Closure Blog parents, lock-ins and more. Age groups The Closure Blog addresses real answers include 11 to 14 and 15 to 18. Smart Girls and issues asked by community members meets every Monday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. regarding how closure will affect them. at the Youth Center. For more information, Topics such as PCSing tips, how services call the Youth Center at 09721-96-6732.

Sports, Health and Fitness Paintball Field Open Relieve some stress or have some good oldfashioned 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. 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 09721-96-6332 or DSN 354-6332.

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 you make friends in the German community. Test your skills by joining us on a field trip Weekly Reminders downtown. For more information, call the Youth Center at 09721-96-6732. Newcomer meet and greet Meet other spouses, learn about the SKIESUnlimited community and get connected here in SKIES offers different classes every month Schweinfurt every Tuesday from 10 to for youths 18 and younger. The program 11 a.m. at the Bradley Inn kitchen. The is designed to complement, expand and newcomer meet-and-greet initiative links support the academic life skills and athletic up incoming spouses with seasoned experiences youths have within Child, Schweinfurt residents, offering the warm Youth and School Services and schools. welcome our community is known for. For the latest class listings, click here. Coffee and refreshments will be served, and children are welcome. For more 4-H Club information or to register, call Army 4-H is a club designed for middle and high Community Service at 09721-96-6933. school students. As a club, students plan field trips, events and activities based. 4-H Inclement Weather in Schweinfurt meets every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in Know where you can find information the Youth Center. To participate, students on school closures, weather and road must be registered with CYSS. For more conditions. To learn more, click here. information or to get involved, call the Youth Center at 09721-96-6732. EDIS

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Vol. 10, Issue 30

Page 10

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Was ist los in Franken?

By Simon Hupfer, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs

July 25-28, Canalissimo at the Old Channel. Italy comes to Bamberg at this picturesque festival along the old Ludwig-Donau-Channel (address: Am Kanal, Nonnenbruecke). Enjoy Italian (and Franconian) specialties, Venetian gondolas, live entertainment, arts and crafts market (Saturdays) and lots of Italian spirit. The festival ends 11:30 p.m. an all four days.

Bachwoche in Ansbach The International Bach Week in Ansbach, August 2 through 11, hosts international musicians and well-known ensembles performing music by Johann Sebastian Bach. A detailed program and concert tickets are available at the Tourist Office inside the Stadthaus (Johann-SebastianBach-Platz 1, 0981-51-243, or through the website at

July 27, Medieval Market at the Giechburg, Schesslitz. Bards and impostors/jugglers, merchants and knights will crowd the Giechburg for its annual medieval market. See the knights fighting at the tournament, take a walk through the medieval camp, enjoy venison from fresh off the roast and more!

Upcoming Volksmarches and Marathons 3 and 4 Aug.: Küps, 5k, 10k and 20k, 6 a.m.-12 p.m. finish line closes 4 p.m. Contact or call tel. 0151-15695040

Bardentreffen in Nürnberg The popular annual Nürnberg Bardentreffen, a “bards’ meet” for singers and songwriters takes place in various locations, like the Hauptmarkt, Insel Schütt, St. Katharina, Lorenzer Platz, Sebalder Platz, Kreuzigungshof and Trödelmarkt July 26 through 28; the musical spectrum ranges from classic rock to pop and jazz and avant garde or cabaret performances. To learn more, visit Wilder Sommer 2013 – Wildflecken hosts Open House The former U.S. Army and German Bundeswehr post in Wildflecken will host an open house event July 27 and 28. The event kicks off with a volksmarch at 6 a.m. on July 27; all other events will start 10 a.m. Aside from various live bands, attendees can expect various demos from fire fighters, sky divers, German police, alpine rescue teams and more as well as static displays of German Bundeswehr equipment, car sales and local businesses. Various different food offers and refreshments will be available for purchase. The U.S. Army used Wildflecken as a training area and garrison from 1945 to approximately 1994.

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. No refund will be given for no-shows. Military duty restraint or illness will be refunded with documentation.


August 30 Canoe/Kayak Trip Call for details Enjoy two of Middle-Franken’s scenic rivers seated in a canoe or kayak. We will paddle the Main river north of Bamberg and the beautiful Wiesent river in the Frankische Schweiz. To learn more, call Ansbach ODR at 09802833225.


August 17 Prague with City Tour $65 Trip includes transportation & a city tour. Children ages 4-12 are $55, and children ages 3 and younger are $45. Departs from Chapel Parking Lot at 5 a.m. & returns at approx. 11 p.m. To learn more, call Bamberg ODR at 0951-300-9376.


August 10 Hike the Rhoen Mountains $12 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. To learn more, call Schweinfurt ODR at 09721-96-8080.

31 Aug.: Dettelbach, 5k, 11k and 20k, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. finish lines closes 9 p.m. Contact Hermann Reinfelder at tel. 0171-9074478 1 Sept.: Dettelbach, 5k, 11k and 20k, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. finish lines closes 4 p.m. Contact Hermann Reinfelder at tel. 0171-9074478 14 and 15 Sept.: Oberasbach, 6k, 11k and 20k, 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. finish line closes 5 p.m. There’s also a marathon run and a 50k hike. Contact Rudolf Schweininger, tel. 0911-698065. 21 Sept.: Kützberg, torch hike, 5k and 12k, 2-7 p.m. (torch hike starts 7 p.m.), Contact Walter Bräutigam at tel. 09726-8643 To read more, click here or visit

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