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

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3-158th AHB presents Soldiers Medal to former 2nd ID Soldier By Thomas B. Hamilton III, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs ANSBACH, Germany – During an Aug. 29 ceremony at Katterbach Airfield, a Soldier assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (Assault Helicopter), received the Soldiers Medal for his actions in January while assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division when he extracted a Korean local national from a smouldering vehicle after it had struck a tree. Sgt. 1st Class David George, a native of Seattle, received the Soldiers Medal for the lifesaving actions he took while assigned to 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd ID, in Korea at the time of the incident. The Soldiers Medal is the highest honor a Soldier can receive for an act of valor in a noncombat situation. The narrative of the Soldiers Medal reads: “On January 11, 2013 while returning home after a 24 hour duty [George] noticed a smouldering vehicle that had slid off the ice road and into a tree. He observed a passenger frantically attempting to help the driver out of the vehicle but to no avail. At this moment [he] sprang into action by taking control of the scene. Without regard to his own wellbeing he [extracted] the local national from the driver’s seat using his bare hands and a belt cutter from his own vehicle carrying the

Thomas B. Hamilton III / USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

Lt. Col. Mark Johnson, the 3-158th Assault Helicopter Battalion commander, presents Sgt. 1st Class David George with the Soldiers Medal during an Aug. 29 ceremony. George earned the medal for his actions in January while assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division when he extracted a Korean local national from a smouldering vehicle after it had struck a tree.

driver to safety minutes before the vehicle exploded into flames.” Lt. Col. Mark Johnson, the commander of 3-158th Assault Helicopter Battalion presented George with the medal in a formation surrounded with family and friends.

USAG Bamberg, FMC recognize September as Suicide Prevention Month By Bana Miller, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs BAMBERG, Germany – Although awareness efforts are year-round, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA, has named September National Suicide Prevention Month. Making sure people know where to turn for help during a time of crisis is the continuing goal of the Defense Department’s suicide prevention program. In support of the program, USAG Bamberg’s Army Substance Abuse Program, or ASAP, will host weekly Prevention Booths throughout the month of September at lunchtime in various locations, including the food court, the dining facility and Shoppette. ASAP will highlight

suicide prevention skills and give away corresponding freebies. In addition, ASAP will host Suicide Prevention Briefings to all units on post, and will be available to attend unit and community functions to act as subject matter experts, hand out information and give away prizes. The garrison will also host two Suicide Prevention Stand Down Day events Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. Family members, friends, and surrounding community members are encouraged to get involved, learn more, and help spread the word to promote mental health and prevent suicide. (PREVENTION, on Page 4)

“I was only doing my job,” George said after the ceremony. He continued by thanking several people, including the command of the 2nd CAB for honoring him with the award, a long-time friend and mentor, and his wife Rachel George (Brevik).

Askren Manor residents to move? Find out now

Nathan Van Schaik / USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

The USAG Schweinfurt garrison manager, Brian Adkins, directly addresses a rumor about moving Askren residents to other housing units. To read more, visit Page 2.

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Command message: Be ready, resilient in suicide prevention By Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., U.S. Army Europe commander Hello USAREUR Team,

This past March, the Army launched the Ready and Resilient Campaign; this campaign integrates and synchronizes multiple efforts and programs to improve the readiness and resilience of the Army Family -- Soldiers, Civilians and Families. Ready and Resilient creates a holistic, collaborative and coherent approach to increase individual and unit readiness and resilience. The tools and programs the Army has developed improve methods for leaders, peers and family members to understand high-risk behaviors and intervene early; preventing suicide, sexual harassment and sexual assault, bullying and hazing, substance abuse and domestic violence. I expect leaders to engage their subordinates and re-familiarize themselves with the various resources available at, and take advantage of them. At the end of the day, being ready and resilient is all about

leadership and personal responsibility. As September is Suicide Prevention Month, I would like to take this opportunity to focus on this difficult topic. Suicide is a serious challenge facing the Army Family; combating this challenge requires everyone in the unit to be aware of the risk factors for suicide and understand how to respond. Leaders must be at the forefront of this effort, but it must also involve friends, peers, Families and co-workers. The success of the Army Suicide Prevention Program rests upon proactive, caring and courageous people who, recognizing the imminent danger, take immediate action to save a life. Eliminating suicide from our ranks is no small task; it is a mission that takes committed leadership and Soldiers who care about those around them. The way to get ahead of this challenge is for leaders at all levels to get to know their Soldiers, peers, co-workers and Families individually and understand the personal and professional stressors that are affecting them. This allows us to identify risk factors early and find ways to help someone

in need work through these stressors by getting them the help available. A command climate of trust and accountability is the key to establishing an environment where this is possible. I encourage you to focus on the continuous education and training of identifying risk factors, resources available, and the steps to help someone in need. Understanding these will allow our suicide prevention efforts to be successful. The Ready and Resilient Campaign and Suicide Prevention both fall in line with one of my imperatives: Comprehensive Fitness. When leaders demonstrate care and compassion through dignified, fair and respectful treatment of Soldiers and Families, their sense of self-worth soars and increases their ability to handle the challenging and demanding situations they are placed in day in and day out. Be an engaged leader. It will make a difference! Strong Soldiers, Strong Teams! – Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell, Jr.

Rumor control: Is the garrison moving Askren residents to other housing units? By Brian Adkins, USAG Schweinfurt garrison manager SCHWEINFURT, Germany – Schweinfurt, this is your Garrison Manager, Brian Adkins, and I’m accountable for the garrison and its closure. We recently received this question from a community member: “I have a question about a rumor going around. I have heard that as the apartments on Askren empty out, the remaining families are going to be consolidated into buildings close to the commissary. Is this true?” There is some truth to this rumor, so allow me to clarify. It’s true: We are consolidating housing units on Askren Manor on a buildingby-building basis. Our closure-focused goal is to consolidate and shut down buildings 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

while minimizing the impact on families. As community members PCS, some Askren housing units are becoming more and more empty. We identify those units and contact eligible tenants to assist in moving them to a fuller unit. This allows us to shut down housing units for turnover to German officials in 2014. The payoff is we cut down on isolating community members in empty buildings, and those community members get to move into newer, refurbished buildings closer to the commissary. What’s important to realize is that we are not forcing people out of their homes, nor do we foresee ever having to do that. We are grateful for the support we are getting from those affected by the move. We

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couldn’t accomplish our mission without their cooperation. Staff at our housing office are only requesting those eligible to move whose PCS dates are further down the road. This consolidation process will be slow and incremental, similar to how we moved community members from government leased off-post housing to Askren. At this time, we are not taking volunteers. Be sure to keep checking the Closure 2014 Web page and the Closure Blog for the most up-to-date information about any possible changes to housing. If you have any further closure-related questions, please be sure to submit them via the Closure Blog Submit a Question form.

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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Vice chief Campbell: Suicide prevention 365-day-a-year mission By C. Todd Lopez, Army News Service WASHINGTON – September is suicide awareness month and while the Army will highlight suicide prevention this month, the service’s vice chief said the effort is yearround. “This is something we can’t just look at in one month,” said Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell. “It has to be a 365-day mission to make sure we can provide our Soldiers with the tools they need to deal with the stressors of everyday life, and help them understand that seeking help is a sign of strength not weakness.” Comparing the March through July 2013 time period to the March through July 2012 time period, Army suicides have gone down slightly -- by about 17. But if January and February are included in those numbers, the Army has so far had the same number of suicides this year as it had last year during the same period: 184. In 2012, the Army had a total of 325 suicides. Campbell said he’s kept abreast of every suicide in the Army; he knows the numbers, and the Army researches every suicide to try to determine what might be the cause. He said that the trends show that most suicides are the result of financial or relationship issues, often exacerbated by drug and alcohol use. The general said as a way to prevent suicides in the Army, it is critical that commanders and noncommissioned officers know their Soldiers that work for them. And it’s important Soldiers know their fellow Soldiers as well. “Much of it is just about knowing your Soldier, knowing if they have a financial issue, if they have gone through a breakup with a girlfriend, or if they have a problem in their marriage,” Campbell said. “It’s as simple a thing as sitting down and talking to a Soldier. A lot of time a Soldier is going to keep that to himself. The more you can figure out whether a Soldier is higher risk, you will watch them a little bit more closely and make sure they have the resources to get help.”

Campbell said he saw a Soldier suicide for the first time in the early 1980s, while serving in Germany. He was a lieutenant then. Later, as a brigade commander within the 82d Airborne Division, and then later still as commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), there were more suicides among Soldiers in his units. “Not only in garrison but deployed. I’ve also been in units that had family members who committed suicide,” Campbell said. As a company commander at Fort Bragg, N.C., Campbell said, a Soldier hanged himself in his room over a holiday. “The chain of command knew he wasn’t going on leave, he’d be sticking around the barracks,” Campbell said. “But it was a good 48 hours before somebody really checked in on him and found out that, in fact, his roommate had gone off... and he’d been having some relationship issues.” Today, lessons learned from the suicides he experienced early on in his career still stick with Campbell. “What I learned at that time, still stands with me today,” he said. “In order to help get at this, you have to know everything about our Soldiers. And our non-commissioned officers have to embrace this, which they are.” Having experienced suicides in his own units, and as vice chief of staff of the Army being aware of the number of suicides that occur across the force every day, Campbell said he knows exactly how a single suicide affects everybody who knew that Soldier. “One article I read said that for every suicide, there are 35-plus people impacted,” he said. “Whether that is family members or the unit, I am not sure you can put a number on it. Any suicide is tragic. But every one of them does impact the unit, the morale of that unit, that squad. And I just think the more that we can do to keep the focus on what resources are out there for people who are having issues and those stressors that would drive somebody to suicide, then we make those resources available.” When leadership is aware of the issues

Army swears in first woman as JAG

WASHINGTON – For the first time in the 236-year-old history

of the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, or JAG, a woman has been selected as the service’s top lawyer. She will lead the nearly 2,000 full-time judge advocates and civilian attorneys who provide legal services to the Army. In a ceremony Sept. 4, 2013, at the Pentagon, in Arlington, Va., Brig. Gen. Flora D. Darpino’s shoulder boards where switched out from those of a one-star general ... To read more, click here.

Soldiers are facing, whether it be relationship issues or financial issues or something else entirely, they can direct those Soldiers to the ample support services the Army provides -- especially though the Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign, which serves as an umbrella for hundreds of programs aimed at helping Soldiers resolve the issues that might lead them to consider suicide, and also develop the resiliency they need to be able to handle those challenges. There are many programs available, some that deal with Soldiers, some with families, others that affect various aspects of a Soldier’s life and well-being. The Ready and Resilient Campaign is meant to make it easier for Solders to find the right program to help them, and at the same time, R2C will also find efficiencies within the portfolio of programs available. In practical terms, that means some programs will be cut where there is redundancy, and other programs might be merged to make them more efficient. The effect of that will be to create fewer, more effective programs, Campbell said, that cost the Army less money, but at the same time continue to provide Soldiers with the same support the Army has always provided. “At some posts you may have two or three programs that deal with alcohol or drugs that are tied into suicide, and they may not be talking to the same population,” Campbell said. “We can’t afford to be redundant, and we can’t afford not to provide to Soldiers what is important to them. What we are trying to do is take a hard look and have metrics applied to all those programs, and make sure the decisions we make are the best for each of those posts, camps or stations.” As part of the September suicide awareness month observation, Army senior leadership will sign a tri-signed letter discussing the Army’s emphasis on suicide prevention. Campbell also said the Army will provide some flexibility to commanders, allowing them to have a suicide stand-down day if they choose to do so.

401st AFSB logisticians complete underbody blast protection upgrades

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHINDAND, Afghanistan – After nearly five months of running 24-7 operations, Product Manager Heavy Tactical Vehicles, in partnership with 401st Army Field Support Brigade, installed the last of 150 underbody blast protection kits in early September into Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks at Forward Operating Base Shindand. The 11-ton, eight-wheel-drive family of vehicles, considered ... To read more, click here.

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Rainbow Elementary student receives recognition for outstanding run time Col. Christopher M. Benson, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Leeford C. Cain, USAG Ansbach command sergeant major, presented Bricen Davenport Aug. 28 with the award for second place in the parent-child category during the 5-kilometer Back to School Fun Run, which took place Aug. 24. Davenport and his mother April Davenport were mistakenly credited for having finished in fourth place, so Benson and Cain awarded the second place prize to Davenport personally at his class. “This is about doing the right thing,” said Cain. “We didn’t get the times right. … We just wanted to come over and make sure we said thank you and great job.” Bricen was presented a plaque as well as a coin during the recognition. Bryan Gatchell / USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

(PREVENTION, from Page 1) In keeping with this year’s theme, “It’s Your Call,” all service members, their Families and friends should be aware of the Military Crisis Line, an immediate source of help that’s confidential and anonymous. Trained counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-273-8255. In addition to the crisis phone line, help also is available through the Military Crisis Line’s website at, with access to counselors in person and through online chats and text messaging. In addition, Department of Defense’s suicide outreach website at www.suicideoutreach. org has a family guide that offers steps to take when someone is in crisis. It also lists at-risk behaviors and other symptoms of a person who is potentially suicidal. Family members also can use these resources to find help for themselves if they’re feeling suicidal. Research shows that treatment is successful when given a chance. Consider the following organizations, and keep this list handy. • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:

• Chaplains: info/organization/chaplaincy • Family Readiness Groups: • Military Crisis Line: 001800-273-8255, Press 1 • Military Family Life Consultants • Military OneSource: 001-800-342-9647 or www. • Military Pathways: 001877-877-3647 or www. • National Guard’s Director of Psychological Health Program: www.realwarriors. net/guardreserve/treatment/ NGPHP.php • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 001-800273-TALK (8255) or www. • Office of the Chief of Public Affairs: mil/suite/page/216363 • Real Warriors Campaign: 001-866-966-1020 or www. • Signs of Suicide (SOS) Military Program: www. military/index.aspx • Suicide Prevention Resource Counsel: • TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors): 001-

800-959-TAPS (8277) or www. • TRICARE (now offering remote and web-based counseling in CONUS): 001-800-600-9332 or • Warrior and Family Assistance Center (WFAC): 001800-436-6290 or WFAC • Wellness Resources for the Military Community or www. For further assistance, contact your local Army Substance Abuse Program office. In Ansbach, call 09802-83-1710 or DSN 4671710 or visit the ASAP office at Katterbach Kaserne in Bldg.

5817, Wing B. In Bamberg, call 0951300-7588 or DSN 469-7588, “like” USAG Bamberg ASAP on Facebook at UsagBambergASAP or visit the ASAP office at the garrison building on Warner Barracks. In Schweinfurt, call 09721-961710 or visit the ASAP office on Conn Barracks in Bldg. 54 on the second floor. Schweinfurt also has a Web page dedicated to suicide prevention, which can be found at news/archives/newspage_2073. htm.

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Participants needed for Schweinfurt’s last Operation Rising Star By Jessica Jacobs, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs SCHWEINFURT, Germany – FMWR hosts USAG Schweinfurt’s last Operation Rising Star at Ramon’s Bar and Grill Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in participating in Operation Rising Star, must be a family member, 18 years or older or a service member. All participants are urged to register online or by visiting Finney Recreation Center to fill out an application. Operation Rising Star is Army Entertainment’s premiere vocal competition that showcases the talent of service members and their Family members. ORS provides participants a unique

opportunity to entertain their military Family, to enhance their talents, and to connect the American public with their military. There are three rounds, starting Sept. 20, continuing Sept. 27, and concluding Oct. 4. The winner of Schweinfurt’s Operation Rising Star wins a $500 gift card and a chance to compete in the Armywide finale at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in December. There will also be prizes awarded for second and third place, as well as a $300 spirit award for the garrison unit with the most crowd participation. To learn more, visit the Finney Recreation Center at Conn Barracks.

Schweinfurt Operation Rising Star 2013

Operation Rising Star will start in Schweinfurt Sept. 27. Applications are available at or by visiting the Finney Rec Center at Conn Barracks. Prizes will be awarded for participants who place first, second and third place.

Outreach-KONTAKT Ansbach provides chance for Germans, Americans to enjoy each others’ hospitality By Bianca Sowders and Stephen Baack, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs ANSBACH, Germany – Americans, Germans and anyone else wishing to meet new people and connect with a different culture have an opportunity to do just that now that the Outreach-KONTAKT Ansbach Club has taken off and is hosting regular Stammtisch events. Those wishing to meet locals, those who have enjoyed the hospitality of Stadt Ansbach and have wanted to delve further into the community, those who have wanted to expand their international circle of friends and have wanted to expand their vocabulary can pursue their goals through the Outreach-KONTAKT Ansbach Club. The next Stammtisch is scheduled for Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. The event will be at the Rezatstuben (ESV) located at Adalbert-Pilipp-Str. 42. An Outreach-KONTAKT club is a German-American friendship club that brings Germans, Americans and others from all walks of life together for the express purpose of meeting and socializing. It is U.S. Army Europe’s only regulatory outreach community relations program and connects the Army populace to the local populace in current, enduring and former USAREUR communities. Bryan Gatchell, a Department of the Army civilian with the USAG Ansbach Public Affairs Office, attended his first OutreachKONTAKT Ansbach Club meeting during the Aug. 7 Stammtisch at Gasthaus Weinberg, which served as the group’s first regular Stammtisch.

“The meeting was a chance to see the club take its first steps,” Gatchell said. “Being with the club now and for the coming years will be an opportunity to see as well as nurture the growth of a new thing. If someday I move, I can look back proudly and say I was part of what that organization has become.” The Outreach-KONTAKT program gives American Soldiers, Family members and civilians an opportunity to learn about Germany and understand its culture alongside Germans and citizens of other countries. It serves as a bridge to overcome cultural differences. Outreach-KONTAKT club members are goodwill ambassadors for both the United States and Germany. “I was looking to meet new people and to

immerse myself more fully into the Ansbach community,” Gatchell said. “In joining the meeting, I met several fascinating people, including one who worked in a similar field as me.” The Outreach-KONTAKT Ansbach Club held its inaugural meeting July 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Zum Mohren -- Pfarrstrasse 9 -- in Ansbach. For those in attendance, this was a chance to found a club. Joining the club at this early stage is a chance to design and shape the club from the ground up. Attendees at this initial meeting are encouraged to bring their ideas and enthusiasm. Members can plan events and outings such as monthly Stammtisches, trips to nearby sights, bowling nights, cooking classes, Volksmarches, book clubs, Fasching/ Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas parties and more. “Initially, we’ll be doing a lot of Stammtisches, which are a lot of fun,” he said. “It will be fun when eventually the group begins doing more events-based meets, such as attending local sporting activities. “Not only did I have a lot of fun at the last meeting, but I hope to revisit and talk with the people I have already met and acquaint myself with anyone new to the club,” Gatchell added. Those who can’t make the Sept. 11 Stammtisch should not be discouraged. More meetings and Stammtisch events will be announced online at OutreachKONTAKTAnsbach. “Everyone is welcome,” Gatchell said. “It’s fun, it’s relaxed, it’s worthwhile.” To learn more, call 09811-83-7786 or DSN 468-7786.

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Bamberg Soldier wins Army contest with cigar box ukelele By Bana Miller, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs BAMBERG, Germany – Sgt. Kyle Hagemann of U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg won third place in the Novice Wood division of the 2013 Army Arts and Crafts contest, for his piece titled “Kyle’s Cigar Box Ukelele.” Winners of the contest were recently announced by the Community Recreation program of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, or FMWR. The winners were chosen from among accomplished and novice artists who participate in FMWR programs on installations around the world. First-place finishers were identified from Forts Hood, Campbell, Bragg, and Riley

as well as Army garrisons at Vicenza, Italy; Heidelberg, Germany; Camp Casey, Korea; Camp Zama, Japan and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The artists are Soldiers, military Family members, civilians, DoD Family members and retirees. The winners received cash prizes in each of the accomplished and novice categories of $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place. Artists with skills in various media were able to showcase their best work in a variety of categories including ceramics, digital art, drawings, fibers and textiles, glass, metals and jewelry, mixed media, paintings and wood. The contest was open for submissions online from May 1 to June 30, 2013 and judging was completed in August. Army Arts and Crafts Contest judges were selected as

qualified experts and are all professionally involved in the arts as critics, curators, editors, educators or practitioners. The Army Arts and Crafts Contest is an annual, juried competition for artwork by beginner and experienced artists. Local Arts and Crafts managers host contests at garrisons and installations, help patrons prepare contest submission photos and forward photos for regional and Army-wide competition. Some regions host their own competitions and forward winning entries to the Army-wide competition. Each artist was able to submit as many as three works per category to the contest at the Garrison level. Submissions had to be original works completed within the previous 12 months.

Commentary: German amusement parks provide accessible, family-friendly fun By Tina MacDonald, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs SCHWEINFURT, Germany – So, you and your family only have a few months left in Schweinfurt. You want to make the best out of your remaining family weekends in Germany. Look no further. Playmobil Funpark and LEGOLAND Deutschland – both within a few a hours’ drive of Schweinfurt – are great options for families with kids of all ages to enjoy as a day trip or weekend visit. PLAYMOBIL FUNPARK Located near Nürnberg and open yearround, this park has a diverse range of indoor and outdoor play areas. During the winter season, the outside park facilities are closed. However, the indoor area offers plenty of play and climbing space worth the visit to fill a day with fun. There are more than 90,000 square meters of differently themed activities to stimulate kids between the ages of two to nine. This includes the Knight’s Castle, Pirate Ship, Noah’s Ark, Western Center, and Dino Area, among many more. My six-year old daughter is partial to the Pirate Ship rafts and the Farm Area horses and milking cows. What makes this FunPark so unique is that it inspires kids to live out their childhood fantasies with the oversized pieces and toys of different themes. There are no lines here … and that’s what my family and I enjoyed most. Just open play. So don’t let the rain or snow stop your family from taking a break from the routine. While there’s not much for thrill seekers, you can find the Aktivpark next door, which is tailored to older youths and adults. The

Aktivpark includes miniature golf and a large beer garden, as well as other activities. A family of three can expect to pay to ,50 for the entire trip, which includes parking, food and tickets. During the winter, expect to pay as little as ,30 due to the off-season. Park hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the summer and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the winter. If you’re driving and have a GPS navigator, punch in the address at BrandstätterstraYe 2-10, Zirndorf, 90513. If you opt to take the train, first head to the Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof, or main train station. From there, take the S-Bahn S4 to VGN-Bus line 151. For more information regarding activities, hours, pricing, and directions, visit www.

LEGOLAND DEUTSCHLAND Open April through November, LEGOLAND is arranged in sections, each one as diverse and creative as the next. Experience the Miniland section where more than 25 million LEGO bricks were used to create a miniature world. Visit the LEGO X-Treme section if you are looking for rides to be a bit higher, faster and more actionpacked. The Knights section, Adventure Land and Land of the Pirates offers activities for kids and adults of all ages. My six-year-old enjoyed visiting Little Asia and LEGO City. We were afraid that there would be long lines at our some of the attractions, so we decided to use the Express Pass system. We were glad we did. LEGOLAND’s electronic Express Pass system helps avoid waiting and gives you the time to make your visit more enjoyable. If interested, the pass can be found

at the entrance area of the Mini-Market. Be aware there may be height restrictions on some of the attractions. No need to worry. There is plenty to keep the family going. LEGOLAND offers indoor activities and covered attractions for family adventures, even during inclement weather. Information for the park can be found at www.legoland. de. Expect to pay upwards of ,200 for a family of three if you purchase tickets at the front entrance. This price includes parking, food and tickets. But you can save about ,15 if you purchase your family tickets in advance online. The park hours are between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. now through November 2013. AND Deutschland is an easy two- to threehour drive from Schweinfurt and is located at Legoland-Allee 2, Günzburg, 89312. FAMILY THEME PARKS Both parks provide a plentiful assortment of tasty treats to indulge in, from full-plated meals to light snacks on the go. Or, bring your own meal – a common custom among European families. We usually brown bag our lunch but purchase snacks and souvenirs. This will help you cut down on the price. Should you feel like staying the night instead of making the trip back home, Playmobil Funpark and LEGOLAND Deutschland have quality accommodations on sight and around the local area. [Editor’s note: The information on this page does not constitute an endorsement by the U.S. Army of the information, products or services contained herein.]

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Bryan Gatchell / USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

Participating in Volksmarches is a healthy, invigorating way to see scenic German countrysides and farmlands. Some Volksmarches, including a few in this region include marathon and super marathonlength paths.

Step lively!: Marathon hikes provide endurance challenge to Franconia-area hikers By Bryan Gatchell, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs ANSBACH, Germany – One step. Two steps. During the short but seemingly endless final stretch of trail, the legs feel like inanimate trunks of meat. Each footfall is an effort of foreplanning and deliberation, less a natural act than an execution of concentration, volition and mechanics. At least this is one possibility dependent upon a hiker’s level of physical fitness when that hiker undertakes a marathon-length hike. Summer draws to a close, and the Wandertag/Volksmarch season winds down as well. Despite this, there are still weekend walking adventures yet to be had, including several marathon and “super-marathon” hikes in the Franconia region and beyond. Marathon-length hikes, as organized by a hiking club under the auspice of the Deutscher Volkssportverband, or DVV, operate in much the same way as a typical Wandertag, or Volksmarch in English vernacular. The hiker purchases a card at the start point of the hike for a nominal fee and follows signs along trails that take them through field, farmland, forest and village. The hiker stops at control stops, or Kontrollstelle, along the way to collect stamps on their card. At the control stops, the hiker eats, drinks and rests. The hike concludes at the place it began. The hiker eats, drinks and recuperates in the cheerful company of fellow hikers they have brought with them or have met along the trail. Typically, Wandertags have a 5-, 10- and 20-kilometer option, but every so often a club will host a 30-kilometer hike or even a marathon-length (42.195 kilometers) or a super-marathon-length (50 kilometers) hike. Start times for typical hikes last from morning until noon or afternoon except for these longer hikes. Hikers must begin their marathon by earlier in the morning so they can return to the start point before the hiking day concludes. Without stops and at a steady pace of 3 miles or 5 kilometers per hour, a marathon hike takes more than eight hours to complete and a

super marathon takes 10 hours. Considering the full-day commitment as well as the physical endurance necessary to hike, this is neither an all-ages family event nor the opportunity for a novice hiker to test their mettle. Though Wandertags are usually designed to pass along well-maintained trails and roads through easy terrain, the length of a marathon requires practical hiking experience. Hikers should already have a grasp of what hiking longer distances feels like, preferably distances greater than half the distance of a marathon. The hiker should have used and be comfortable with their footwear, preferably sturdy shoes or boots designed for hiking. Wearing both a pair of hiking socks and liner socks is also a good idea to prevent blisters. Though there will be several control stations along the hike serving free refreshments and selling water and cold drinks, bringing water along is also a good idea, as is bringing highenergy food. The trails are usually marked well, but bringing a GPS and extra batteries can also benefit the hiker if they miss a turn. First aid kits can also prove useful in an emergency. Also, hikers should look up the forecast the day of the event to determine whether rain gear or sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are worth the weight. Many hikers, however, make the marathon unburdened by gear, depending only on the bright orange tape and the repast and refreshment provided by the event organizers. Preparation and gear is a matter of preference. Below is a list of upcoming hiking marathons and super-marathons in Franconia or within a two-hour drive of U.S. Army garrisons Ansbach, Bamberg or Schweinfurt with date, location, trail lengths in kilometers, club name, club contact information, start time, start location and brochure links: • Sept. 14 and 15 at Oberasbach (6/10/20/42/50k); Nürnberger Volkslaufclub, 0911-698065, Start: Sept. 14 from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 15 from 6:30 a.m. to noon

at DJK Halle, Dr. Johannes Str. 6 -- www. volkslaufclub.pdf. • Sept. 21 and 22 at Zeilhard (5/10/20/42k); TV 1913 Zeilhard e.V., 06162-1389. Start: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for 5- and 10k, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for 20k, from 7 to 9 a.m. for marathon at Walter-Kolb Strasse 8, 64354 Reinheim, OT Zeilhard -- file/2122092013_zeilhard-1.pdf. • Oct. 4, 5 and 6 at Fulda (6/11/21/42k); Volkssportfreunde Fulda 1986 e.V.; 06619338878, Start: 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 4, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5 and 7:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 6 at Washingtonallee, Dt.Am. Sportzentrum. • Oct. 5 and 6 at Röttenbach (5/10/20/42k); Wanderfreunde Röttenbach e.V., 09195-3157. Start: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for 5-, 10- and 20k and 7 to 9 a.m. for marathon at Lohmühlweg 11, 91341 Röttenbach, Mehrzweckhalle am Sportplatz (Norma parking lot) -- • Oct. 19 at Enzweihingen (6/11/21/42k); Wanderfreunde Enzweihingen, 07042940691,, www. Start: From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for 6-, 11- and 21k and from 7 to 9 a.m. for marathon at Kleinglattbach, Halle im See. • Oct. 26 and 27 at Kleinwallstadt (5/10/20/42k); Maintalwanderer Kleinwallstadt u. Umg. 1980 e.V., 060222805/24187. Start: Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Oct. 27 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for 5-, 10- and 20k and from 7 to 9 a.m. Oct. 26 and 27 for marathon. There are other marathon-length and longer hikes in Germany, and many of them, as well as updates to the ones listed above, can be found at [Editor’s note: Neither the information on this page nor the accompanying external hyperlinks constitute an endorsement by the U.S. Army of the information, products or services contained therein.]

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Franconia Military Community Announcements Information Technology Training Program The Army in Europe Information Technology Training Program and Knowlogy offer the training to fulfill certification requirements. We are a proven solution for DOD 8570.1 compliance and have a proven track record of delivering training and certification services to the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and other clients. Come to our fully equipped facilities across Europe for your training needs or we can come to you! For a full list of our upcoming courses, visit or contact your local Site Coordinator at 476-2635. 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. Bicycle fines increase The German parliament has increased the fines for bicycle offenses. Failing to use a bike path or riding without a light now costs 20 euros instead of 15. 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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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.

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.

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 PreCID Seeks Qualified Soldiers Separation Briefing offered weekly and about an hour The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is long. Separating Soldiers can start the ACAP process one recruiting qualified Soldiers who are interested in pursuing year before separating. Soldiers who will be retiring can a career as a federal law enforcement officer. To learn start two years out from their projected retirement date. more, visit Trial Defense Services Army Suggestion Program If you’re a Soldier and you are questioned by law The Army Suggestion Program encourages Soldiers, enforcement, Criminal Investigation Division or members civilians and other individuals to submit ideas on how the of your command about suspected acts of misconduct, Army can increase efficiency or cut costs. Suggestions you have the absolute right to remain silent. You have are assessed on how much they save the Army and can the right to refuse to answer any question, even from earn individuals thousands of dollars. To learn more or to your commander, and you have the right to talk to an submit an idea, Army Knowledge Online registered users attorney. If questioned, you should immediately demand can visit the ASP website at http://asp.hqda.pentagon. to speak to an attorney. As a Soldier, you are entitled to mil/public. Those unable to access AKO can submit a DA free consultation and representation by a military defense Form 1045 to their installation coordinator. counsel. All communications with a trial defense attorney are privileged and will not be released to your command. OneSource Mobile Let a U.S. Army trial defense attorney help you. To learn Army OneSource is now available for smartphone more, speak with a free trial defense attorney. browsers. The launch of a mobile device version will optimize Army OneSource the mobile experience for Teen Stress visitors. Visit today. The National Military Family Association has created a kit to give the people in military teens’ lives a way to Get EFMP Registered help them manage stress and affirm the positive aspects If your Soldier is receiving orders to another location, it of military life. To obtain a copy of the tool kit and learn is not too early to start your Exceptional Family Member more, visit Program paperwork. Family members can start the enewsletters/military-family-topics/operation-purplepaperwork now. Your local Army Community Service healing.html.

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THEATERS The World’s End Opening Aug. 31, 2013 | 109 Minutes Five friends attempt to recreate an epic pub crawl they made as youths. As the gang tries to reconcile their past and present, an increasingly insane and dangerous series of encounters with old haunts and acquaintances makes them realize that they are in a struggle not just for their future but for humankind’s future. Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references.

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Water your lawn only when it needs it. Step on the grass, and if it springs back when you move, it doesn’t need water. IN THEATERS • Sept. 5 to 11

Energy-saving Tips For those who have a swimming pool: Limit the time you run your pool pump to 6 hours in summer time. Repair dripping hot water taps immediately.

ANSBACH THEATER • 09802-83-1790 Sept. 5 - Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (R) 7 p.m. Sept. 6 - Paranoia (PG-13) 4 p.m. - The World’s End (R) 7 p.m. Sept. 7 - Planes (PG) 3 p.m. - Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (R) 6 p.m. BAMBERG THEATER • As of Sept. 1, Bamberg Theater has closed. SCHWEINFURT THEATER • 09721-96-1790 As of Sept. 1, Schweinfurt Theater has closed.

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centers hold a weight training club now through Dec. 31 Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The club is open to U.S. ID cardholders 18 years and older. To learn more, call 09802-83-2810 or DSN 467-2810.

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Fitness schedules Fitness schedules for Katterbach and Storck physical fitness centers for September, October and November are available now at docs/fitschseocno. To learn more, call Katterbach at 09802-83-2771 or DSN 4672771 or Storck at 09841-83-4582 or DSN 467-4582.

Community Volunteer opportunity, blood drive The Armed Services Blood Bank Center – Europe, a division of the Armed Services Blood Program, will conduct a blood drive at USAG Ansbach at Katterbach Physical Fitness Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8. Community members are not only encouraged to donate but to volunteer checking in donors and offering juice and cookies for two-hour shifts. To learn more about volunteering, call 09802-83-3947 or DSN 467-3947.

Massage therapy Various types of massages are available at Storck and Katterbach physical fitness centers. Prices start at $35 for 30-minute sessions. To learn more, call Katterbach at 09802-83-2771 or DSN 467-2771 or Storck at 09841-83-4582 or DSN 467-4582.

CPR instructors course American Red Cross, Ansbach Station, offers a CPR instructors course Sept. 12, 13, 16 and 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ARC office in Bldg. 5817. Participants must be pre-registered for the class to attend. To learn more, call 09802-83-2136 or DSN 467-2136. Suicide prevention awareness 3k USAG Ansbach’s Army Substance Abuse Program hosts the second annual Suicide Prevention Awareness 3-kilometer walk/ run at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 6 with the race starting at 9 a.m. at the Urlas PX. Soldiers, Family members and all community members are encouraged to join the run and wear yellow. The first 350 participants to register receive an event T-shirt. Registration forms can be picked up from ASAP, Room 237 on the second floor of Bldg. 5817 or from either Storck or Katterbach physical fitness centers. To learn more, call 09802-833342/1710 or DSN 467-3342/1710. Car washing It is not allowed to wash or perform maintenance on personally owned or government or military vehicles in housing areas, near garages, on the street or in parking areas. The garrison has wash racks for the purpose of cleaning vehicles. Wash rack locations include at Barton Barracks near Bldg. 5258 for government vehicles, At Katterbach Kaserne near Bldg. 5836 for military vehicles during the duty day and POVs after duty hours, at Storck Barracks near Bldg. 6640 for POVs, at Urlas Housing at Bldg. 8130 for POVS and off post at any gas station or car wash station for POVs. To learn more, call the Directorate of Public Works’ Environmental Management Division at 09802-83-3306 or DSN 4673306. Anti-terrorism awareness You can report suspicious activity online at If you witness a crime in progress or feel in imminent danger, call the military police at 09802-83-114, 09841-83-114 or DSN 114 or host nation law enforcement at 110. Dog classes Outdoor Recreation hosts dog classes

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Flag football Intramural flag football begins soon. Letters of intent are due Sept. 5. There will be a coaches’ meeting Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. Games begin Sept. 10. To learn more, call 0980283-2810 or DSN 467-2810.

B14 Resurfacing Resurfacing of the road that is currently in progress on B14 near the entrance to Urlas Housing and Shipton Kaserne will continue but will move toward the city of Ansbach. Because of this, temporary modifications to normal traffic patterns will take place. Ansbach Stammtisch Outreach-KONTAKT Ansbach holds its Detour signs will be easy to see. There is no next Stammtisch Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the date yet as to when the resurfacing of the Rezatstuben (ESV) at Adalbert-Pilipp-Str. road will be complete. 42 in Ansbach-Eyb. To learn more, call Bowling schedule changes 09811-83-7786 or DSN 468-7786. The U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Herrieden Stammtisch Outreach-KONTAKT Herrieden holds its program has made a temporary change to the next Stammtisch Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. at Hotel Katterbach Bowling Center’s operational Bergwirt at Schernberg 1 in Herrieden. To hours with the goal to expand services and learn more, call 09811-83-7786 or DSN be open seven days a week by October. The new limited hours are Wednesdays from 468-7786. 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from Closures and changes 2 to 8 p.m., Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. and closed Mondays, Tuesdays and U.S. Bismarck ACP deviation The construction project adjacent to holidays. The Strike Zone kitchen closes at Bismarck Access Control Point will require 7 p.m. every day except Sundays when it a lane closed during the day now through will be open from noon to 6 p.m. To learn Sept. 6 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. All traffic more, call the FMWR Business Operations entering Bismarck will use the outbound officer at 0981-183-7336 or DSN 468lane. All vehicles will exit Bismarck via 7336, or the Katterbach Bowling Center at a side gate that leads to B14 on the west 09802-83-2638 or DSN 467-2638. side of Katterbach village. There will be direct access from Katterbach to Bismarck Sports, health and fitness kaserne and from B14 onto Bismarck. There will be no direct access from Bismarck to Weight training club Katterbach and Storck physical fitness Katterbach. Tuesdays at Urlas Paintball Field from Sept. 10 to Oct. 8. Classes cost $69. Beginner classes run from 5 to 6 p.m. and advanced classes run from 6 to 7 p.m. To learn more, call 09802-83-3225 or 467-3225.

Women’s community basketball USAG Ansbach physical fitness centers hold women’s community basketball tryouts at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Katterbach Physical Fitness Center and at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Storck Physical Fitness Center. The tryouts are open to all U.S. ID cardholders 18 and older. To learn more, call Katterbach at 09802-83-2771 or DSN 467-2771 or Storck at 09841-83-4582 or DSN 467-4582. Youth and teens Kick-off to scouting Anyone interested in joining the USAG Ansbach Cub Scouts (first through fifth grade) or Boy Scouts (sixth through 12th grade) is invited to the Scout Hut Sept. 7 from noon to 2 p.m. The Scout Hut is located behind the Bleidorn Library at Bleidorn Kaserne. To learn more, email or Girl Scout kick off The USAG Ansbach Girl Scouts hold their annual kick-off at Ansbach Elementary School from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 15. Girls in from Kindergarten to 12th can join the event for games, food and a glimpse of what Girl Scouts do. Volunteers can register at the event. Registration has a $15 fee. To learn more, email ansbachgirlscouts@ or “friend” “Ansbach Girl Scouts” on Facebook. Storck Parent Central Services move Storck Barracks CYSS’s Parent Central Services has moved from Bldg. 6510 to 6706. Parent Central is now co-located with the School Age Center. Office hours are Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. To learn more, call 09841-83-4880 or DSN 467-4880.

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

Operation Rising Star Are you the next rising star? Take part in USAG Bamberg’s Operation Rising Star to find out. One talented singer will win an all-expenses-paid, three-day professional recording studio experience in Hollywood, Calif. Entrants must fill out a registration form available at the Community Activity Center Theater or Stable Theater by Sept. 5. First round takes place a cappella Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. If necessary a second round with background track will take place Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. and a final round with accompaniment takes place Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. Audience votes count toward the winner. Most enthusiastic family readiness group or unit in the audience wins $300 in funds. Prizes for the local winners include $500 cash and a chance to compete for the grand prize in the televised finals for first place, $250 cash for second place and $100 cash for third. Singers must be active duty, Reserve, National Guard or their Family members 18 and older with valid Department of Defense. To learn more, call 0951-300-8647 or DSN 469-8647, email, or visit for forms, rules and information. 9/11 Remembrance USAG Bamberg holds a 9/11 remembrance ceremony Sept. 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the chapel. Everyone is invited.

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through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The spa will be closed Sundays through Tuesdays.

Food and refreshments available

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Bamberg’s Last Spouses Standing membership kick off

Friday, September 13th 4 - 7 pm at Summerall Field (next to CAC) Join the club. Meet new friends and get reacquainted with old ones.

Let’s make it a year to remember!

Last spouses standing The Bamberg Spouses and Civilians Club holds its final membership kick-off from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Summerall Field. This is a chance to make new friends at Bamberg. To learn more, visit https://www.

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, call 0951-300-7777.

Shuttle schedule The post shuttle schedule at USAG Bamberg is now available at www. docs/postshuttle.pdf. The adjustment to the post shuttle service was necessary to comply with a Department of the Army directive to reduce cost with least impact on the established quality of life standards.

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.

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. 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.

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Community Flea Markets Come and sell your unwanted items or search for a great find at the Community Flea Markets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday of the month at Summerall Field near the Community Activity Center. Dates for the flea markets are Sept. 14 and Oct. 12.

which provides a safe and caring environment to children in crisis, is looking for Emergency Placement Care Providers who will open their homes to children in need. To learn more, call Army Community Service at 0951-300-8397/7777. Parenting Skill Builder Classes Bamberg Family Life Center New Parenting Skills Classes start the first Tuesday of every month and meet from 9 to 11 a.m. for four sessions. Learning the skills to parent with love and logic can help make parenting fun and rewarding, instead of stressful and chaotic. You will learn 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 0951-3001570/8141. Closures and Changes

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 www.shopmyexchange. com/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 WIC The Women Infant and Children, or WIC, overseas program provides eligible participants with food supplements and nutrition education. If you are a pre- or postnatal 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 4697913/9493. Military Youth of the Year The Military Youth of the Year is a Boys & Girls Club of America recognition program that partners with the Military Child and Youth Services. Local clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the president of the United States. Visit the JFK Youth Center, Bldg. 7663, to pick up an application or call 0951-300-8871 and ask for Destiny Cilumba for more details. Sports, Health and Fitness Freedom Fitness Facility The Freedom Fitness Facility is currently offering personal training sessions. To learn more, call 0951-300-8890 or DSN 4698890. 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.

Bank changes hours Community Bank is changing its hours at USAG Bamberg. Effective now, the bank will be open Mondays through Fridays Bulk Item Pickup from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bank will be The Directorate of Public Works will pick closed Saturdays, Sundays and German up bulk items for disposal the first Monday holidays. To learn more, call 0951-300- Military Council of Catholic Women of the month. The dates for 2013 are Oct. 7 8778 or DSN 469-8778. The Military Council of Catholic Women and Nov. 4. meets Thursdays at the chapel. Mass begins Day spa operating days at noon, followed by fellowship, lunch and Emergency Placement Care Program The day spa has shortened operating days. study group from 12:30 to 2 p.m. To learn The Emergency Placement Care Program, The spa will only be open Wednesdays more, email

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Schweinfurt Community Announcements

information or to get involved, call the Youth Center at 09721-96-6732. EDIS 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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9/11 Remembrance Run Kessler Fitness Center, in conjunction with MWR and USAG Schweinfurt, hosts a 9/11 Remembrance Run Sept. 7 at 9 a.m. There will be a 3-kilometer youth run and a 9.11-kilometer adult run. Participants can register the day of the event at 7:30 a.m. To learn more, call 09721-968234 or DSN 353-8234.

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.

Operation Rising Star Finney Recreation Center hosts Operation Rising Star in September and October. The first round is at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20, the second round is at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 and the final show is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Winners receive $500 cash and a chance to participate in the final contest at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, December. Second and third places also receive cash prizes, as does the Army unit with the best crowd participation. If you are a Soldier or Family member of a Soldier, sign up at Finney Recreation Center today.

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.

Community clean sweep week The first week of each month is a “community clean sweep week.” USAG Schweinfurt community members can pitch in for this garrison-wide initiative to beautify the housing areas. To learn more, contact your residential leaders. 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 Fantastic Fall events Just because it’s getting colder out doesn’t mean the fun is cooling down! This fall find something for all ages and interests. Why not start making your fall plans now? Visit fantasticfall.htm for more information.

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. 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

Playmorning Play morning meets every Tuesday and Thursday at Bldg. 38, Conn Barracks (found on the back side of the Conn Mailroom) from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Meet Closures and Changes fellow parents and build your child’s social and developmental skills. To learn more or Closure 2014 to register, call ACS at 354-6933 or 09721Stay up to date with the latest information 96-6933. regarding the Schweinfurt’s closure in 2014. Visit the Closure 2014 page Give Me 20 for reliable, honest information on the The Youth Center offers a free fitness most recent service modifications and program Wednesdays and Thursdays reductions, closure news, Soldier, Family from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for youths ages and employee resources and frequently 13 through 18. Program facilitators show asked questions. Visit www.schweinfurt. youths how to safely work out and stay to stay informed on fit. Dedicated participants will see positive how closure may impact you. results. Workouts include sports, spinning,

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, 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 you make friends in the German community. Test your skills by joining us on a field trip downtown. For more information, call the Youth Center at 09721-96-6732.

Thursday Night Bowling Fun League Enjoy bowling every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. 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. To learn more, call the Kessler Bowling Center on Kessler Field, Bldg. 449, by calling 09721-96-6332 or DSN 354-6332.

Weekly Reminders BOSS Meetings Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers meetings are the second and fourth (at the Finney Recreation Center) Tuesday of every month from 2 to 3 p.m. To learn more, call the the Finney Recreation Center at 09721-96-8476 or DSN 354-8476. Karaoke Come and share your talent every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. to midnight at the Finney Rec Center. 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.

4-H Club 4-H is a club designed for middle and high school students. As a club, students plan Children’s Story Time field trips, events and activities based. 4-H Bring your child to the library Wednesdays weightlifting and more. Participants must meets every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in at 1 p.m. for Children’s Story Time. Closure Blog be registered with CYSS and have a the Youth Center. To participate, students The Closure Blog addresses real answers permission slip on file. To learn more, call must be registered with CYSS. For more

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Vol. 10, Issue 36

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Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013

Was ist los in Franken?

By Bianca Sowders, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs Herbstvolksfest - Nürnberg The Nürnberg Fall Fest is one of the largest and nicest fests in Bavaria; visitors can find fun rides, beer tents and food stands, as well as an entertainment program for everybody. The fest, which runs now through Sept. 9, is located on the Dutzendteich (Bayernstrasse). To learn more, visit

Trempelmarkt in Nürnberg The largest flea market in Germany, the Trempelmarkt in Nürnberg, is open Sept. 6 from 4 p.m. to midnight and Sept. 7 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Use of public transportation to the center of Nürnberg is highly recommended, parking will be sparse. Guided Tour of Ansbach The Ansbach Tourist Office offers a guided tour of Ansbach in English Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. for 5 euros per person. To register, call the city at 0981-51326. Bardentreffen in Ansbach The singer and songwriter meet in Ansbach for the Bardentreffen, which will take place at the Reitbahn Sept. 7 and 8. Experience 23 live acts as well as an open mic stage. The Bardentreffen opens at 3 p.m. Sept. 7 and 2 p.m. Sept. 8. Pflasterklang in Schweinfurt The city of Schweinfurt hosts a street festival called “Pflasterklang” (pavement sound) with music like Jazz and Swing, Irish Folk, drums or classical violins; street performances and arts turn downtown into festival grounds Sept. 7. The festival takes place downtown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and then moves to Gutermannpromenade at 8 p.m. for musical performances along the Main river. Admission is free, but donations to the artists are welcome. To learn more, call 09721-803577 or email

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.


Sept. 7 Black Forest shopping trip Call for details Outdoor Recreation hosts a Black Forest shopping trip in Triberg, Germany, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 7. In addition to shopping in Triberg, To learn more, call Ansbach ODR at 09802-833225.


Sept. 7 Salzburg, Austria $65 Outdoor Recreation hosts a trip to Salzburg, Austria, Sept. 7 from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. so you can visit the city famous as the setting for The Sound of Music and the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The trip costs $65 for adults, $55 for children from 4 to 12 years old and $45 for children 3 and younger. To learn more, call Bamberg ODR at 0951-300-9376.


Sept. 7 Pottenstein hiking trip $15 Outdoor Recreation makes a day trip Sept. 7 to Franconian Switzerland, where they will visit Devil’s Cave and have fun at an outdoor rollercoaster. The trip costs $15 per person. Entrance to the cave is 3.80 euros for adults and 2 euros for children. To learn more, call Schweinfurt ODR at 09721-968080 or DSN 353-8080.

Craftsmen Day in Freilandmuseum -- Bad Windsheim The Handwerkertag in the open air museum on Eisweiherweg 1 is a craftsmen day Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; visitors can find out about old ways to build houses and try out their own skills. To learn more, visit Altstadtfest -- Nürnberg The traditional Altstadtfest downtown Nürnberg Sept. 12 to 23 is one of the most popular highlights in the Franconian event calendar. The Hans-Sachs-Platz and Insel Schütt turn into fest grounds with wooden huts that offer local culinary specialties; the entertainment program includes cultural and traditional events, like the Fischerstechen, an event that includes boats on the river and people with long poles pushing each other off these boats. Program details and other information can be found at 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. For more hiking events and locations within Germany, visit the website of the National Hiking Association at Volksmarches in and around Franconia: • Sept. 7 and 8 at Obermässig (5/10k); WF Obermässig, 08463-1628, 0171-39211005. Start: 7 a.m. to noon at Kolmergasse 11, 91171 Greding – • Sept. 7 and 8 at Kitzingen (6/10/20k); Wanderclub Schiefer-Turm Kitzingen, 09321-32756. Start: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sickerhäuserstr. 4, Sportzentrum – To read more, click here or visit

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