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Serving the Franconia Military Community — Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt March 23, 2012

Vol. No. IX, Issue 11

Welcome Home, Heroes!

U.S. Army photos by Elijah Ham and SSG Tramel S. Garrett

Early Thursday morning 44 Soldiers from the 527th Military Police Company returned home to Ansbach after a one year deployment to Afghanistan.

This week in the Franconia News ‌ In USAG Ansbach: Energy cost saving measures, pg. 6; In USAG Schweinfurt: 44th, C Company, home at last, pg. 13 In USAG Bamberg: Women of Faith, pg. 15


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Outbreak of kidney failure in Wyoming linked to "Spice" By Laura Zuckerman - Reuters News Three young people have been hospitalized with kidney failure and a dozen others sickened in Casper, Wyoming, in an outbreak linked to a batch of the designer drug Spice, authorities said on Friday. State medical officials said the cause of the outbreak was under investigation but reported that Casper residents who have sought medical treatment for vomiting and back pain had recently smoked or ingested a chemical-laced herbal product packaged as "blueberry spice." The illnesses reported by physicians and hospitals in the east central Wyoming city beginning on Sunday had added up to a cluster that alarmed health officials by the end of the week. "At this point, we are viewing use of this drug as a potentially lifethreatening situation," Tracy Murphy, Wyoming state epidemiologist, said in a statement. Those who have fallen ill range in age from late teens to early 20s and all used blueberry-flavored spice, said Bob Herrington, director of the Casper-Natrona County Health Department. Warnings about the product and a list of symptoms associated with kidney malfunctions have been posted in health departments, clinics and medical facilities across the state even as scientists at the Wyoming State Crime Laboratory scrambled to ferret out the compounds in the batch suspected in the incident. Harrington said the outbreak was causing concern among health and law enforcement officials in the city of 55,000 residents. "Based on our information from the doctors, the three people with kidney failure are in pretty serious shape; they're very sick," he said. Spice is sometimes sold as "legal marijuana" because of the high

that users experience from plant material coated with chemicals that claim to mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.Drug policy experts said use of spice has been on the rise since the DEA in 2009 tracked skyrocketing numbers of reports about the products from poison control centers, hospitals and local law enforcement agencies. The DEA extended a ban on Thursday on five chemicals that make some spice mixtures illegal. Yet authorities have struggled to keep pace with changes in the chemical make-up of the designer drugs, which sometimes skirt newly enacted laws. Bans on spice are in place in several states, including Wyoming. But with manufacturers capable of rapidly adjusting recipes, states like Idaho have made illegal whole groups of compounds rather than specific chemicals.

Navy’s YouTube Video Warns Against ‘Spice’ Drug By Donna Miles - American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – A YouTube video developed by the Navy warns service members about the synthetic marijuana known as spice, and how use of the designer drug can negatively impact their health and military careers. Every military service bans the use of spice, which is comprised of organic leaves coated with synthetic chemicals. Spice is marketed as a safe way to get high while avoiding detection during drug tests. Officials emphasized in the video that both spice selling points are false. “The damage these drugs do to your mind, body and career is permanent,” said Navy Rear Adm. Michael H. Anderson, medical officer to the Marine Corps. “It’s not legal. It’s not healthy. It’s not worth it.” The Drug Enforcement Administration issued a decision in March 2011 making spice illegal nationwide for at least a year. According to the DEA’s website, the agency took the action as an emergency measure in light of the alarming number of reports about spice-type substances it received from poison control centers, hospitals and law enforcement agencies. Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh sent a memo to the Army community in February prohibiting the use and possession of synthetic cannabis and other substitutes for THC -- shorthand for tetrahydrocannabinol -- the substance in marijuana that causes a “high.” Vice Adm. Adam M. Robinson, Jr., the Navy’s surgeon general and chief of the service’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, emphasized that abstinence isn’t enough to confront the spice problem. Like those who use, possess or distribute spice, anyone who

observes these practices and doesn’t report them can be charged with violating the Navy’s policies as well. “It is not good enough to simply police our own actions with regards to spice and other designer drugs,” he said. “These drugs are dangerous, and we learn more about their damaging effects each day. It is essential that every sailor and Marine be looking out for their colleagues to prevent injury to their health and their careers.” The military services have the authority to prosecute violators under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The forensic toxicology division within the Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner tests for spice and other designer drugs at the request of the services. Robinson emphasized that commanding officers don’t need a positive urinalysis to begin the process of removing violators from military service. Like other synthetic drugs including “K2” and “Blaze,” spice is developed using chemicals not intended for human consumption, the video notes. The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate these substances, which means they aren’t subject to oversight during the manufacturing process. Little is known about the toxicology and safety of designer drugs, officials said. However, they noted side effects such as elevated heart rates and blood pressure, breathing problems, abdominal pain, seizures, extreme anxiety and other emotional problems. In the most extreme situations, spice has been linked to heart attacks, psychosis and suicides, officials said. To watch the video, go to


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Was ist los in Franken?

By Bianca Sowders Ostern - Easter in Germany

services. Restrictions on individual behavior on Good Friday used to be much stricter than today. Alcohol was strictly forbidden and nobody was allowed to slaughter an animal. Many families eat fish that day; in Franconia the tasty regional carp is a popular Good Friday dish.

A favorite pastime for children during Holy Week is to blow and color eggs to decorate budding tree branches in a vase, or dye hard-boiled chicken eggs for the breakfast table on Easter morning. A large Easter dinner is typically served on Sunday; popular dishes are lamb, rabbit or poultry. The Easter celebrations are continued with an additional holiday on Monday.

The Easter season in Germany starts on Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter. It is named after the biblical story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and the people covering his path with palm branches. Since palms are not common in northern Europe, they are usually substituted with the branches of the pussy willow, which are blessed in church; church visitors then take the consecrated branches home for protec- Saturday night or early Sunday morning, tion from ill fate. churches light a bonfire. The consecrated pussy willows of the previous Easter are burned in the fire, and the flame is used to relight the eternal light which had been extinguished on Friday afternoon. Many Franconian communities decorate their fountains and wells with green garlands and lots of colorful Easter eggs. The Osterhase (Easter bunny) brings eggs and sweets on Easter Sunday to the children, who have to search for them indoors and outdoors.

Gründonnerstag (Green Thursday) is the day repentant sinners were allowed back into the church for Communion in the old days, but is also used as the traditional day for spring cleaning and decorating. The traditional meals on “Green Thursday" include spinach, kale, cress, leek, chives and other herbs, because of a superstitious belief that eating green-colored food would keep you safe for the rest of the year. Good Friday, an important nationwide holiday, is called Karfreitag in German. It is also known as "Quiet Friday;” on this very solemn day church bells are not rung in the Catholic churches. Young men and children in the villages make up for the lack of noise with the "Good Friday rattles" – looking like a football rattle – making plenty of noise and calling the villagers to church

Osterbrunnen (Easter fountains) Historians believe that the tradition of decorating fountains and wells for Easter started in the Fränkische Schweiz in the town of Aufsess in the early 1900s. As the wells were an important source for clean water, it was necessary to scrub them thoroughly once a year in spring. Today they are usually cleaned and decorated within two weeks before Easter and can be admired for another week or two afterwards. Beautiful Easter wells can be found in many towns and villages around your hometown. For a list of communities try


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Was ist los in Franken? By Bianca Sowders Spring Fair and Fest in Würzburg The annual spring fair in Würzburg offers numerous vendors with herbs and spices, household goods, pottery or clothing; simultaneously the Spring Fest takes place at the Talavera Festplatz. The fair is open daily until 7 p.m., April 1; the fest is open daily until 11 p.m. and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Spring Market in Fürth The annual spring market in Fürth is still ongoing until March 25 at the Freiheit downtown. For sale will be leather, steel and wool products, as well as fruit and vegetables from local farmers. Ostermarkt in Nürnberg The annual Easter Market in Nürnberg at the Hauptmarkt takes place March 23 – April 9; about 80 vendors offer crafts made from wood and ceramics, household items, books and much more. The market is open Monday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; it is closed on Good Friday, an important German holiday. Sunday, March 25 is also open shop Sunday in Nürnberg.

Military Marching Band Parade in Nürnberg About 400 musicians form military bands of many different nations gather in the Frankenhalle (Messe Centrum) in Nürnberg on April 1 at 4 p.m. for their annual parade. The highlight of the performance will be the grand finale with all participants. For more information check Easter in the Freilandmuseum Bad Windsheim The outdoor museum in Bad Windsheim offers special events during the Easter holidays, April 5 - 9. The Haus für Kinder offers egg coloring the old-fashioned way with plant colors on April 5 -7; on Good Friday a trombone choir plays Passiontide music; April 7 – 9 a special exhibition shows old and new ways to decorate Easter eggs. On Easter Sunday the Easter bunny hides more than a thousand eggs and small Easter surprises all over the museum’s area; children can color eggs with water colors and crayons. For more information go to

Bryan Adams comes to Nürnberg Bryan Adams will perform one concert in Nürnberg at the Arena (Kurt-Leucht-Weg) on March 24 at 8 p.m. Fischmarkt in Schweinfurt The fish market in Schweinfurt, open daily from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. until Monday, March 26, features market cries selling their goods, a sailor’s chorus and, of course, fish in all varieties. Sunday, March 25, is also open shop Sunday in Schweinfurt. Flea Market inPleinfeld At the flea market in Pleinfeld (near Weissenburg) on Sunday, March 25, you will find only used articles, nothing new. It takes place at the Volksfestplatz from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Flamenco Festival in Würzburg Traditional as well as contemporary stage programs from old and young Spanish Flamenco artists can be seen at the Flamenco Spring Awakens in Rothenburg Festival in Würzburg on April 6 – 14 at the Mainfrankentheater Rothenburg is celebrating spring with several events between Würzburg (Zehntscheune Weingut Juliusspital). For details go to March 30 and May 5; the Easter fountain will be decorated, many restaurants feature special spring menus and a spring hiking tour in and around Rothenburg. For more details contact the RothenFrühlingsfest inNürnberg burg Tourist Office or go to The Nürnberg Spring Volksfest, the largest one in Northern Bavaria, happens at the Festplatz near the Dutzendteich Easter Market in Herzogenaurach (Bayernstraße) on April 7 – 22. The latest rides, culinary specialThe Ostermarkt in Herzogenaurach takes place March 30 – April ties and fest tents as well as special events like concerts or an old 1 at the Marktplatz. For more information check the city’s website timer meet bring thousands of people to the traditional fest. It at opens at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays and German holidays, at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays (family day) and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Kneipenjagd in Bad Windsheim other weekdays; closing hour is 11 p.m. every day. Rides are half Bad Windsheim’s „Kneipenjagd“ (pub crawl) takes place on Satur- price until 8 p.m. on Family Days (Wednesday). For details and day, March 31, beginning at 8 p.m. in eleven different locations. program information check For more information on the program go to The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inEaster Market in Höchstadt serts, supplements, and external web links, does not constitute The Easter market in Höchstadt a.d.Aisch, combined with an open endorsement of the listed products or services by the U.S. Army. shop Sunday, is open on April 1 from 1 – 5 p.m.


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U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Brainstorming paves way for energy, cost-saving measures Story by Connie Summers Photos by Ralph Wurm ILLESHEIM, Germany – What could easily pass for attic window shades from a distance, are actually tube collectors for sunrays attached to the roofing of several buildings at Storck Barracks. The solar system is currently being installed on Hangar 2 by plumbers, metal workers and electricians of Department of Public Works. “Once connected, these tube collectors are to supplement the warm-water supply for Storck residents,” said Helmuth Treuheit, chief of DPW’s Engineering and Services Division. This solar heating process, the first of its kind for U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, is part of a “concerted DPW effort to save valuable energy resources, as well as money for the community,” Treuheit said. The ‘new roofing’, are “tube collectors which also consist of small, water-hose sized pipes that are filled with water, according to Foreman Ralph Wurm, an expert for plumbing, sanitary and heating systems, who is in charge of the program. “The collectors absorb every sunray we get here and, in turn, heat

the water within the pipes. The warmed water continuously circulates through the system into the heating boiler, which in turn feeds the heated water into pipes for the end-user; the people who live and work at Storck Barracks,” Wurm explained. According to Wurm, the installation of collectors on top of Hangar 2 was completed in mid-March. It will supply the warm water for three barracks buildings and the local dining facility. Another “solar project” is to be installed on top of the gymnasium and “will also provide the warm water supply” for the Storck Housing area. An earlier solar project was recently completed by a contractor with the construction of the Child Development Center. While the system does not replace conventional heating resources like oil and gas, or long-distance heating, “it does compensate effectively” up to 35 percent of overall energy sources used, according to Treuheit. The idea to install the system “developed from a brainstorming session with my foremen, during one of our weekly meetings, in late 2009,” said Treuheit. “In general our meetings center around ongoing maintenance and repair work here, but we also discuss ways to save vital resources and money for our community.”

Mounting solar tube collectors on a roof requires precise cooperation among DPW workers. Front:Juergen Muench, DPW’s Elektro-Shop and Stefan Gleissner Plumber Shop. In the back Wolfgang Schmidt from the Metal-Shop and Roland Prechtel from the Plumber-Shop

At the solar station Frank Deistler, DPW Paint-Shop and Thomas Helm, a steam-fitter are installing a flexible steel pipe to be connected to solar collectors on the


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Ansbach‘s Bantam Cheerleaders shine in Mannheim By Karen Lewis USAG Baden-Württemberg hosted the 2012 “Mannheim’s End of An Era” Cheerleader Tournament; the CYS Services IMCOM-E invitational 2012 Cheerleading Competition was held in the Mannheim Sports Arena on March 17. CYSS Bantam and Junior cheerleading teams from Heidelberg, Wiesbaden, Stuttgart, Grafenwöhr, Hohenfels, Ansbach and Schinnen came out to participate in the competition. Each team performed in three categories per age division: Hello Cheer, Spirit Cheer and Team Dance.

The USAG Ansbach Bantam Cheerleaders (ages 10-12) represented their community, their sport and their team with dedication, pride and the competitive spirit that would earn them the 2012 Cheer Championships Bantam Grand Champions title. The USAG Ansbach Bantam Cheerleaders placed first in the Hello Cheer, Second in the Spirit Cheer and First in Team Dance competitions. The 2012 USAG Ansbach Bantam Cheerleaders include Trisha Chia, Lily Kohler, Aiyana Morris, Jonne Robbins, Kayla Williams-Lindsey, Rebecca Lewis and their coach Karen Lewis.

Photo above by Angela Kohler - Front: Trisha Chia - Back left to right: Rebecca Lewis, Lily Kohler, Aiyana Morris, Kayla Williams-Lindsey. Top: Jonne Robbins

Photo above by Dimas and Victoria Fonseca - Back row left to right: Kayla WilliamsLindsey, Rebecca Lewis, Karen Lewis, Aiyana Morris and Lily Kohler. Front row left to right: Jonne Robbins, Trisha Chia.

Photo right by Angela Kohler - Left to right: Trisha Chia, Aiyana Morris, Rebecca Lewis and Jonne Robbins.

The Franconian News is an authorized electronic newsletter for members of the Department of Defense. Contents are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, or the Department of the Army. The editorial content of this publication is the responsibility of the USAG Ansbach PAO. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement of the products or services advertised by the U.S. Army. Everything advertised in this publication will be made available for purchase, use, or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user, or patron.

Col. Kelly J. Lawler, USAG Ansbach Commander Bianca Sowders, Community Relations Officer/Editor Cornelia Summers, Public Affairs Specialist Public Affairs Office — 468-1600 or 0981-183-1600


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USAG Ansbach Newsbriefs ….. Daylight Saving Time in Europe starts this Sunday morning! Don’t forget to “spring forward” one hour on March 25 . Clean-Up Day in Ansbach On Saturday, March 24, the citizens of Ansbach get out and help clean up their city; whole families participate wielding buckets, bags and pick-up sticks. The US garrison participates every year and invites you to help make your surroundings look better and cleaner. We want to clean roadsides and pathways around the Ansbach Kasernes and Housing areas. Meet the folks from the environmental division at 8 a.m. on the access gate parking lot of Bismarck Kaserne; bring work gloves and pick-up tools if available and wear solid footwear to roam the country side. A free lunch from city of Ansbach will be provided to participants afterwards at the Evangelisches Gemeindehaus at Triesdorfer Strasse 1, Ansbach (noon). For questions call DPW Environmental Division DSN 467-2158, CIV 09802-832158.

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USAG Ansbach FMWR events Performance: “The Diary of Anne Frank” Mar. 30 & 31: Terrace Playhouse production of the Holocaust drama. @ 7:30 p.m., doors open 30 min. prior Tickets $10/adults, $8/students, $30/families (2 adults, 2+ children) available at Concierge in the Von Steuben Community Activity Center on Bismarck Kaserne or by phone (credit card): DSN 467-2930, CIV 09803-83-2930. CYSS Parent Advisory Council Meeting Mar. 28: Your opportunity as a parent to have a say in your child’s care at CYSS facilities. 5 -6 p.m. Katterbach Bldg 5515, Storck Bldg 6524. For more info: DNS 467-2617, CIV 09802 -83-2617. Keeping Cool When Parenting Heats Up Mar. 28: Let ACS give you tips on “beating the heat” of parenting during deployment. 6-8 p.m. Katterbach ACS Classroom. For more info: DSN 467-2883, CIV 09802-83-2883. FRG Childcare Night Mar. 28: Offered at no cost for mission-related meetings. 6:308:30 p.m. Make reservations at least 2 weeks in advance to CYSS Outreach Services Director: DNS 467-2617, CIV 0980283-2617. Woodshop Orientation and Qualification Mar. 29: You must have certification to use the power tools at the Arts & Crafts Center. 6-8 p.m., $15, 18 years and older. Sign up one week in advance: 0981-183-7627.

ACS Autism Workshop Mar. 30: Two day workshop will cover: Applied Behavior Analysis, Legal Rights, Traits and Trends, Accommodating Children in the Classroom and more. 9-4 p.m. Von Steuben Community Activity Center on Bismarck Kaserne. For more info: DSN 467-2883, CIV 09802 -83-2883. Mission Ready 10k Obstacle Race Mar. 31: Are you ready?! Adult and children’s obstacle course, individual and teams. Franken Kaserne at the Oberdachstetten Shooting Range. Brought to you by 5th Battalion 158th AVN Regiment and FMWR. For more i n f o : m i s s i o n , DSN 467-4663, CIV 09841-834663 or DSN 467-2929, CIV 09802-83-2929. MOMC Game Night and Mac ‘N Cheese Cook-off Apr. 3: Celebrate Month of the Military Child with a familyfriendly night of board and trivia games and see if your macaroni and cheese dish passes muster with our judges! Held at two locations simultaneously: Storck Community Activity Center and Von Steuben Community Activity Center, 6-8 p.m. Thank you to our sponsor: Service Credit Union. Sign up for the cook-off by April 2 at Army Community Service: DSN 467-2883, CIV 09802-83-2883 and DSN 4674555, CIV 09841-83-4555. Pre-Deployment Planning for Families Apr. 4: Tips on how to handle the paperwork and emotional involvement aspects of deployment. 10-12 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. Katterbach Movie Theater, Bis-

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spring skiing and snowboarding. $349 includes transportaACS Newborn Network tion and lodging. For informaApr 4: Share thoughts and tion contact Outdoor Recreaideas and socialize with other tion: DSN 467-3225, CIV 09802 new moms. 1-2 p.m. Sign up -83-3225. with Army Community Service: DSN 467-2883, CIV 09802-83- ACS Stress & Anger Man2883 and DSN 467-4555, CIV agement Apr. 10: Manage the tough 09841-83-4555. times and better control your MOMC The Great Egg anger. Sign up with Army ComHunt munity Service: DSN 467-2883, Apr. 7: Celebrate Month of the CIV 09802-83-2883 and DSN Military Child with The Great 467-4555, CIV 09841-83-4555. Egg Hunt at Franken Kaserne near the Oberdachstetten There's still some good STUFF Shooting Range. Timed starts: left from last weekend's GREAT FURNITURE AND 10 a.m. (preschool), 10:30 a.m. STUFF SALE! nd rd th (k-2 grade), 11 a.m. (3 -5 grade). Wear your Sunday Best Carpet remnants, Queen bed, twin box/mattress sets (almost Dress for photos with the Easter new), lamps, pull-out couches, Bunny. Plenty of prizes in all the desks, dressers, tables, chairs, eggs. Thank you to our spon- armoires, nightstands, mirrors, sor: Service Credit Union. For microwaves. information contact Parent Cen- NEW LOCATION: parking lot tral Services DSN 467-2533, near Salvage Yard on Katterbach. 10 a.m. until NLT 3 p.m. CIV 09802-83-2533. Cash and carry, no pets Ski/Snowboard in Salz- please, US ID cardholders only. burger Land Apr. 6-9: 4-day trip to awesome


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Empowering Yourself - A Four-Step Guide to Changing Your Mind Women’s History Observance Day

or without a smile or pleasant look on my face. I try with great effort to be an active member of our community and very rarely Photo by SGT Latrise Flanigan do you hear the words “I can’t” come out of my mouth. “I won’t”? – yes. But I appreciate the difference between the two – When I thought about what I could talk and hopefully by the end of this, if you about today - based on the topic of em- don’t already, you will too. powerment - I started in the usual way; coming up with names of historical There are many methods and techniques women, stories to tell, her-stories to share that I use, but I narrowed it down to four which built the foundation of what makes - and then it came to me. my reality possible. Let's bring this closer to home... what can I share of myself that could possibly assist First, we need to take you back. This may others like me, in this time, in our home go easier if you close your eyes. Take a here in our community. My reasoning was deep breath and clear your mind. simple, the great women that we admire didn’t look without for strength, it came I want you to go back to a moment in your life when someone you cared about, you from within. loved, you admired, told you you can’t be What I'm about to give you has a price; in something, or can't be happy, you’ll never your own time, it needs to be shared. With be the best because you weren't good a friend, your daughter, a sister - and yes enough or talented enough - think back to gentlemen, you can use it too - to em- this time that you allowed yourself to bepower your daughters, encourage your lieve it because you trusted this person. wife - and if it fits - yourself as well. I want you to take this moment in time and I’ve been asked many times throughout change it. Confront this memory and let the last ten years how I do it. I’m a mother them know it loud and clear - yes, I can. I of three beautiful children, who are well- can be happy, I can be successful, I can graduate, I can break out of a box I never rounded, behaved and respectful. agreed to be put in. Those weren’t my I’m happily married to SFC Greene, and limitations, and it‘s not okay that you prorarely do you see me in public “going off” jected that onto me. By Isha K. Greene

Take back that moment and say what you either didn't know you had the right to say or thought you'd get in trouble for saying. Now forgive them, and then forgive yourself. Open your eyes. This may need to be done a few more times to truly be beneficial, especially if you've have more than one incident that needs reversing. But it does work and you will feel the difference from lifting that burden from your psyche. The next step is also two-fold. First, it takes realizing that living in heaven or purgatory is within you. You have the power to choose to stress out or remain calm; the opportunity to either find a silver lining and try to understand why something is happening to you, or stew in misery; to find a solution or get lost in the problem. You must learn how to trust that you are exactly where you need to be in life and you have the power to control how you react. The harder the situation, the stronger you will be for having mastered your reactions. This is not about repressing, this is about not allowing what’s outside destroy what’s within you. Stress, anger, regret, control, all of these register negatively on your body and spirit and weaken both. The second part of this can be a little tricky and at times challenging. You must realize you have the power to pass on your pain. You're having a bad or off day, someone just being nice comes up and asks how your day is going or is in your space for one reason or another; and they get undeserved and unexpected attitude from you. This puts many who don't know the first part of this technique in the position to now doubt themselves, take it personally and potentially pass on your "mood" of the day. Smiles go on for miles, but pain leaves a stain. If you can’t smile, grin, say thank you. Whenever possible remove yourself from a situation if you feel you’re about to bring someone down. Does this absolutely have to be done today or can it wait? Should I find my peace before proceeding forward?

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U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Empowering Yourself ... By Isha K. Greene Interactions might be difficult at first, you might feel like you’re faking; but again, this is about empowering yourself; choose to not pass on your pain. Friends, family, the chaplain, a counselor those people are prepared to help you diffuse and give you support through a trying or difficult time. To dump on someone unexpectedly doesn’t help anyone and can really hurt; especially if it happens to be your child. (And just on a side note, it’s okay to apologize to your child; in fact, it’s healthier for them to see you ac knowledge when you are sad, upset, or humble enough to say when you were wrong – just be sure to follow through with how you got over it, through it and recovered.) So, first, you have taken your identity back - Yes, you can. Second, you must be the master of your own reality – Heaven or Purgatory – it’s your choice. The third is relatively easier after the first two. The will - I will be a better mother, I will graduate, I will be a better friend. I will be happy.

Continued from page 10 Again, feel free to close your eyes and repeat these words to yourself. Add it to your daily "agreement" - your mantra, if you will I am beautiful inside and out, I am a good person, mother, wife, and friend I am growing and am getting better at living life every day. I am making a positive difference in the world. I am talented - I am worth it - I am perfectly me. As quoted from the Dalai Lama: “A great Tibetan teacher of mind training once remarked that one of the mind’s most marvelous qualities is that it can be transformed. I have no doubt that those who attempt to transform their minds, overcome their disturbing emotions and achieve a sense of inner peace, will, over a period of time, notice a change in their mental attitudes and responses to people and events. Their minds will become more disciplined and positive. And I am sure they will find their own sense of happiness grow as they contribute to the greater happiness of others. I offer my prayers that everyone who makes this their goal will be blessed with success.”

It's no secret but it warrants repeating - we as women have to stop "hating" ourselves. When you look in the mirror, how often I hope these words made it to your heart, for it was from mine that do you smile? Do you tell yourself how beautiful you look? How lovely that outfit looks on you? Or do you do what most women do? “Eghck, look at my hair!” “What is that on my face? Look at my big this, look at my ugly that.” The self-loathing must stop. It must stop now. Give yourself a compliment, you deserve it - Yes, YOU DESERVE IT. Think of it this way, if day after day, you spoke to a friend or your child the way you talk about yourself, what do you think would happen? So, tell yourself…. I will start today - I will tell myself how much I love myself and appreciate everything about myself. If you don’t like something about yourself – and you are absolutely positive that the negative reaction of yourself comes from you – NOT what others think or society projects because remember – this is your reality. If you are not satisfied: Will it, believe it, achieve it. I can - My Choice - I will This last part will be substantially harder to do and will take more effort and discomfort than any of the above. I will begin with the truth and give you a path to help get you there. I’m still working my way, so I began with my children and am trying everyday to believe it myself, so if you have children, give this to them and see what happens. You are perfect. Tell those negative doubts and ugly judgments to stand aside. Let those words resonate on you for just a moment; don’t be so quick to deny yourself this truth. If you’re not completely ready to hear that - begin this way. You are perfectly you. No one can be better at being you than yourself. You are who YOU say you are - not what others have profiled you to be. Two words will begin you on this path. I AM. Two simple words that can change the desire and the will into reality.


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This weekend in Ansbach and Illesheim post theaters … Katterbach Movie Theater FRI MAR 23 – SAT MAR 24 – SUN MAR 25 –

7 p.m. 7 p.m. 3 p.m. 6 p.m.

Act Of Valor (R) 1st Run The Devil Inside (R) The Muppets (PG) Act Of Valor (R) 1st Run

Storck Movie Theater SAT MAR 24– SUN MAR 25 –

4 p.m. 7 p.m. 3 p.m.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (PG-13) The Devil Inside (R) Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG) 1st Run


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Serving the Franconia Military Community — Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt

March 23, 2012

U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt 44th, C Company, home at last Story and photo by Nathan Van Schaik, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs SCHWEINFURT, Germany — The Soldier’s making up the main body of the 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion returned here Friday evening after having spent the last year in Afghanistan. Sixty-six Soldiers with C Company darted through machine-induced fog at the Ledward Activity Center marking their triumphant return. Charlie Company’s return is the 44th ESB’s final company to re-deploy from Afghanistan. Alpha Company returned in early December, Headquarters and Headquarters Company returned in late December and B Company returned in April last year. Charlie Company was headquartered out of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan but were scattered throughout the eastern portion of the country, known as Regional CommandEast. During the deployment to Afghanistan, C Company helped manage the tactical network for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force. They supported all war fighters and tactical communications throughout Regional Command- East, said Command Sgt. Maj. Demetrius Steel, command sergeant major, 44th ESB. 5th Signal Command’s 44th ESB is slotted to relocate from Schweinfurt to Grafenwöhr this August. The move comes a year earlier than planned in support of recently announced European force posture changes as part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense global defense posture plans.

Spc. Douglas Cramer embraces his wife Tabea at a welcome home ceremony March 16 at the Ledward Activity Center. Sixty-six Soldiers making up the main body of the 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion returned here after having spent the last year in Afghanistan.

Math Counts! Eight mathletes with Schweinfurt Elementary/ Middle School compete against middle schools in the Bavaria District at the District level Math Counts competition at Ansbach. The Schweinfurt team placed second at the district competition and Celene Sweeney finished third overall out of 60 competitors.

Photo by Steve Richman


March 23, 2012

The Franconia News

U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt Faces of Schweinfurt -- Dr. Catherine Manos Contributed by Alan Hoffman, USAG Schweinfurt ASAP Prevention Coordinator SCHWEINFURT, Germany — In the hum of activity at a busy Army post, Catherine Manos spots moments of calm energy through her camera lens. An avid photographer and watercolor artist since the 1980's, Manos is drawn to scenes that deepen her connection with the natural world. Many Schweinfurters would recognize Manos as the post’s longtime Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Coordinator. Last year, she stepped up as Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) Program Manager. She is retiring next month after 39 years in federal service. “Working with Dr. Manos is one of the best experiences I have in the field of alcohol and drug. She’s very supportive and understands the clinical aspect of what I do. I will definitely miss her, but I’m happy for her retirement,” said Dr. Art Tolentino, ASAP Clinical Program Manager. When she works with units and Soldiers, Manos likes to entertain her audiences by recounting experiences that leave a lasting message. “I begin each class with the hope that at least one Soldier will be impacted by what I have taught and make a choice that will enhance their life,” Manos said. “I’m proud that I have been able to serve Soldiers and the Schweinfurt Community,” Manos said. “I want to help Soldiers be aware of just how much life has to offer beyond the immediate pleasures of alcohol and drugs.”

Manos began with the Army in 1990 as a drug and alcohol counselor in Bremerhaven. After the base closed, she worked a variety of other posts including Karlsruhe, Landstuhl, Fort Leavenworth and Fort Sam Houston. Manos said she missed working with Soldiers in the European theater, so in 2005, she requested assignment to Darmstadt. She moved to Schweinfurt in 2007. Manos earned her Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology in 2007, where her focus was the relationships between the natural environment, creative expression and spirituality. After she retires, she plans to travel the U.S., teach, and write a book about her experiences. “Photography and creative expression will continue to play an important role in my future work,” she said. Her goals include developing workshops that will help participants express themselves and enhance their own creative relationship with the natural environment. “Cathy took me under her wing as the new kid in July 2011. She is a personable, patient, and flexible leader who has empowered me to grow and succeed in my personal and professional life,” said Kelly Waite, ASAP’s Social Services Assistant. “She is a true asset to the Army’s civilian workforce and will be greatly missed.” For more information about the Army Substance Abuse Program, visit asap.htm or call DSN 353-1710, CIV 09721-96-1710.

Dr. Catherine Manos supports a School Age Center event at Schweinfurt. Manos is the post’s longtime Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Coordinator. Last year, she stepped up as Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) Program Manager. She is retiring next month after 39 years in federal service.

U.S. Army photo


Serving the Franconia Military Community — Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt

U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg

March 23, 2012


The Franconia News

U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg

March 23, 2012


Serving the Franconia Military Community — Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt

U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg

March 23, 2012


The Franconia News

U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg

March 23, 2012


Serving the Franconia Military Community — Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt Authorized “On Post” Taxi Service in Ansbach Ask for a driver with a U.S. Installation Pass and provide the following information: •Pick up point •Number of passengers •Destination •Name and number •Time of pick up

If traveling to airport, notify the driver of number of passengers and bags

Telephone numbers: 0981 – 5005 or 0981 – 19410

March 23, 2012

Authorized Taxi Service on

Storck Barracks Taxi Illesheim : 09841-7200 ask for a driver with a U.S. Installation Pass and provide the following information:

•Pick up point •Number of passengers •Destination •Name and number •Time of pick up

If traveling to airport notify the driver of number of passengers and bags.

Recycling Centers RC Katterbach Bldg # 9024 Mon, Wed, Thu: Tue: Fri: Sat: NEW

8 a.m. – noon & 1 – 5 p.m. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 8 a.m. – noon & 1 – 6 p.m. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

RC Storck Barracks next to Bldg # 6689

Mon – Wed, Fri: 8 a.m. – noon & 1 – 5 p.m. Thu: 8 -10 a.m. & 2:30 – 5 p.m. Sat: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

RC Shipton, Bldg # 8031 Open by request

Looking for something to do in the area? See“Off Post Fun” on


• Mark arrival time to the first half- or full-hour after • Place on dashboard Available at the Car Care Center on Bismarck Kaserne and at many local stores.


The Franconia News

March 23, 2012

Changes in city bus system A new bus schedule has been in effect in the city of Ansbach since Dec. 2011. A current schedule can be found at index.php?Bus/ Fahplanauskunft&site=77

On some bus schedules, you see LBT (Linienbedarfstaxi) written at the very top of the bus times. This means Linienbedarfstaxi and loosely translates to taxi bus as required. The buses at these times only run if you call at least one hour ahead of the schedules time to reserve it. Call the LBT at: 0981-5005 and tell the operator when you want to go, from where (the station) you want to leave, where you’d like to go to (the station); your name and contact information, and then show up at the stop at the time indicated on the schedule.

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