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

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Bavaria clinic first to achieve Star Status in Army MEDCOM

Medical Thirty-six months is the standard duration to complete the three-stage assessment to achieve a Star Status, said Doris Scheuring, VILSECK, Germany -- The Illesheim Army a safety manager for Bavaria Medical Health Clinic is the first organization within the Department Activity. Illesheim Health Clinic U.S. Army Medical Command and one of few achieved the Star Status in 17 months. units within the Department of Defense to earn the impressive Star Status, an elite Occupational “I’ve had the opportunity to be on a lot of good Safety and Health Administration standard. teams in my Army career and what makes up a good team is a lot of good leaders and some Upon completion of the final phase of rigorous great leaders,” Myers said. “What makes up a assessments June 21, the Illesheim Clinic great team is a lot of great leaders, and this attained the Department of Defense’s Voluntary organization, the Illesheim Health Clinic, is full Protection Programs Star Status for exemplary of great leaders and that is why this has been Occupational Safety and Health standards and such a success. “ processes. Illesheim started its VPP assessment in “We have become an Army star site for VPP,” January 2011, said Thomas Zirkelbach, the said Maj. Vincent Myers, who was commander safety manager for BMEDDAC. of the clinics from August 2010 to June 28. “It has been a long road, but our staff has done an For the unit to move to the final inspection incredible job to get us where we are today.” stage, deficiencies found in stages one and two of the inspections must be corrected and VPP is a DOD program designed to reduce documented. accidents by building a safety-conscious culture in the workplace through the implementation of “Stage one they come and look at you as a safety practices and procedures. whole,” Myers said. “Stage two they take a much more detailed look into your processes. Achieving Star Status requires three stages Stage three is really focused on the staff and of assessments focused on management how they interact and put it all together.” leadership and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and In stage three, all members of the staff are safety and health training. (STAR continued on Page 4) By Douglas DeMaio, Bavaria Department Activity Public Affairs

1-77th Field Artillery Award Ceremony

Douglas DeMaio

Maria Salazar, who provides janitorial services for the Illesheim Health Clinic, mops between two warning signs at the clinic June 27. Instituting policies, processes and procedure that ensure safety within the facility are initiatives that lead to the clinic achieving the Department of Defense’s Voluntary Protection Programs Star Status. Being a member of the staff, Salazar was interviewed during the final VPP stage, which measures the staffs’ understanding of safety knowledge.

Easier access to post for immediate family members visiting By Jessica Lipari, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs

BAMBERG, Germany -- When friends and family members vacation in Germany to visit Soldiers and their Family, there are several things that can be done to make their visit easier. These include temporary installation passes for guests, authorization to drive a U.S. Army Europe plated vehicle and requesting supplementalration of tax-free fuel. Guest Installation Passes Due to recent changes in the sign-in procedure at the garrisons located in the Franconia Military Community, getting installation passes for visiting Family can speed up the process when traveling on or off post.

Spc. Latoya Dallas

Commander of the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade, Col. Edward Bohnemann, who was accompanied by his brigade command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Boom, both presented end of tour awards to the 1-77 Field Artillery Soldiers at the Andrus Garden on Ledward Barracks June 28. The presentation of awards ceremoniously concluded the unit’s deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

There are three types of installation passes available for friends and family members of sponsors on Warner Barracks. U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach and Schweinfurt have similar policies. Long-term passes, Army in Europe Form 190-16A, are issued for up to one year and the sponsor must live on post. This type of pass is typically for sponsors with German family members. (PASS continued on Page 7)

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Out and about in Schweinfurt for less than 20 euro

a bike may be your option. You can rent a bike from the Outdoor Recreation Center for a small fee, depending on how long you intend to rent SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- If you are looking the bike. for something to do during these long summer days in Schweinfurt, but don’t want to break the If you have never explored downtown bank, then has some Schweinfurt, you should start by visiting the city tourist office located at the Rathaus on the inexpensive options for you. Marktplatz. You will be able to get a free city The first thing you’ll need to do for your map and inquire if there are any special events exploration is decide on your mode of occurring in the city. Plus the tourist office can transportation and where you would like to assist you in plotting your course of action and start your adventure. The best place to get your answer any questions you may have. bearings in Schweinfurt is the Marktplatz. This Courtesy Photo central location is only a little over a mile away For those who enjoy being outdoors make your Exploring the Schweinfurt area doesn’t mean that way across the river on Maxbrucke, to the free you will have to spend a great deal of money. The from Ledward Barracks. city park. Here you will find a fountain where the Rathaus pictured here, is in the Markplatz in the down To get to the Marktplatz there are several kids and those young at heart can cool down town area. It is a great starting point to begin your inexpensive modes of transportation. When the from a hot day. If you don’t like getting your feet discovery of this wonderful city. weather is nice, walking will be the cheapest wet then set up a blanket underneath one of sit still. One round on one of the two courses way to move. Another option would be the city the many trees for a picnic or an afternoon nap. will only cost you €3. buses, €1.20 per trip within the city limits. To travel according to your own schedule and Across the road from the park you will find a Once you have scored a perfect game you enjoy moving faster than a walking pace then miniature golf course, for those who just can’t (ABOUT continued on Page 5) By Margaret Gotheridge, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

Afghan National Army takes charge in providing security TARIN KOT, Afghanistan -- Local soldiers of the Afghan National Army are enhancing security in Uruzgan province by learning invaluable lessons from their coalition counterparts.

Providing feedback to your commissary

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Nathan Van Schaik USAG Schweinfurt, Public Affairs Officer Col. Kelly J. Lawler U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, Commander John O’Brien USAG Ansbach Public Affairs Officer Lt. Col. Steven L. Morris U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, Commander Renate Bohlen USAG Bamberg, Public Affairs Officer

Ansbach Staff Bianca Sowders, Connie Summers Bamberg Staff Sina Kingsbury (editor), Simon Hupfer, Jessica Lipari, Heidi Sanders Schweinfurt Staff Spc. Latoya Dallas, Margaret Gotheridge, Nathan Van Schaik

The Vehicle Registration Office will temporarily suspend the Storck Barracks Vehicle Registration Office operations. All vehicle registration operations will be provided at the main office on Barton Barracks, 3rd floor, Room 303, Building 5254. Storck temporary plates expiring, or being returned after July 13 will be processed at Barton Barracks. The last operational day at Storck Barracks will be July 13. New schedule effective July 16.

To read more on this story, click here.

Lt. Col. Michael Runey U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt, Commander

Storck Barracks Vehicle Registration Closure

When there are larger groups, the doors will close at 3 p.m. however, customers will be processed until 3:30 p.m. After 3:30 p.m. the office is fully closed to customers due to end of day administrative and record requirements. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 8-11:30 a.m. and 12-3:30 p.m and closed on U.S. and German holidays and the last workday of the month due to full inventories. The Vehicle Inspection Point will also modify their hours of operation to coincide with the Registration Office and operate from Barton Barracks as of July 16. For more information, call 09811-83-7892.

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

Bamberg website at or the U.S. Army 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. 7089, Warner Barracks U.S. Army Address: Unit 27535, APO AE 09139 Telephone:DSN:469-1600, Fax: DSN:469-8033 German Address: Weissenburgstrasse 12, 96052 Bamberg Telephone:(+49) 0951-300-1600, Fax: :(+49) 0951-300--8033

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Community members came out to celebrate their independence By Jessica Lipari, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs BAMBERG, Germany -- Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation helped community members celebrate their independence on the Fourth of July with a day of recreation to celebrate in a manner similar to home. The daylong celebration had a full range of activities to appeal to all community members: single Soldiers, children and Families. Lt. Col. Steven L. Morris, U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg commander, hosted the event and thanked all the Soldiers and Families for their service and the nation’s freedom. “With each handshake, each time someone welcomes these Soldiers home, America renews its relationship with the Army and simply says ‘thank you,’” Morris said. Morris went on to thank the Bavarian Motor Cars and Fabergroup Auto Motor Park for their monetary contributions to the day’s events. “Today’s event would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors,” Morris said.

Jessica Lipari

A child plays with her balloon flower during the Fourth of July Celebration on July 4. This year’s celebration included a golf tournament, 5-kilometer fun run, car show, live entertainment, activities, games and, of course, fireworks. For more photos, see pages 8 and 9.

The dynometer this year brought in a long line up of cars waiting to have Prior to tapping the keg and inviting a representative from each unit their car’s horsepower and torque measured. up for a drink, Morris thanked all the participants that made the day’s events happen. Thanks to the weather cooperating and the many activities, more than 5,000 community members came out to celebrate during the peak times “Thank you for contributing you time and effort to making this year’s according to Jack Austin, Family and MWR entertainment director. celebration one of the best across the Army,” he said. “DJ Tim Brown is going to rock the stage tonight and the Schenk Duo will dazzle your “As well as the weather held up and made for a perfect afternoon outing, eyes.” the stream of people kept coming,” Austin said. “They were finding ways into all corners of the event to enjoy themselves and celebrate the day, The day’s activities began at 9 a.m. with a golf tournament at Whispering maybe more so than in any prior year here.” Pines Golf Course and a 5-kilometer community fun run at Freedom Fitness Facility, and concluded with fireworks. The other garrisons in the Franconia Military Community also hosted similar events to celebrate Independence Day. The fireworks were made possible this year thanks to a substantial donation from the Bamberg Spouses and Civilians’ Club, Morris said. USAG Schweinfurt had a Firecracker Fun Run, Fourth of July Fest with live music and ended the day with a fireworks display. They had their Family Readiness Groups and private organizations raised funds annual World of Wheels car show hosted by the Auto Skills Center and to support their cause during the celebration. From selling food and various rides and activities for Families to take part in. typical American snacks to providing activities like the beauty pageant, jailhouse and dunk tank, all were able to walk away with a few extra USAG Ansbach had a pie-baking contest, square dancing performance dollars in their pocket to support their own future activities. and a live band for entertainment. They had a motorcycle ride from Soldiers Lake to Storck Barracks. Activities for children included a sticky The annual car and bike show had many community members competing wall, rodeo bull and surfboard simulator. The event at USAG Ansbach along with local nationals, from the American Classic Car Nuremberg was also concluded with a fireworks display. club, for trophies in various categories. For pictures from all three garrisons please see pages 8 and 9.

Sunset paddling offers excercise, relaxation for entire Family By Soleil Vaughn, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

get filled up quickly before 5:30 p.m. on eat dinner along the river around the time of Wednesdays. sunset, until the buses leave around 9 p.m.

Every Wednesday, members of the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach community meet at the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Outdoor Recreation center on Katterbach Kaserne to go canoeing and kayaking.

The drive to Altmuehl River only takes about 20 This experience can be seen as both a form minutes, and at arrival everyone helps unload of relaxation and moderate exercise. The the canoes and kayaks into the river. paddling works out your arms, but also gives you a chance to enjoy the beautiful summer There is plenty of direction and help from the nights of Germany’s outdoors. ODR team, so you shouldn’t be afraid to go if you don’t have any experience. Sunset Paddling continues through August every Wednesday at 5:30 pm. Transportation After getting the boats into the river, everyone and equipment are both provided, with no is free to paddle at their own pace and style experience being necessary. towards Ornbau. The prices are $25 for adults, $15 for children The end stop at Ornbau is an Imbiss, a small and $59 for a family. Call 09802-83-3225 to German restaurant, where the group is free to sign up today.

Participants get fitted for life vests before embarking on buses to the mouth of the Altmuehl River that feeds into the Altmuehlsee. Those interested can either sign up beforehand, or try to sign up at ODR. However, be aware that spots can sometimes

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Vacation Bible School offers action, adventure for youth By Spc. Latoya Dallas, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- Today’s children live in a world with an almost never-ending array of summer entertainment options. They can learn how to play baseball, football, or how to swim. But there are fewer options for parents to send children to learn how to live like decent individuals, who have concern and respect for others and faith in God. This summer, Ledward Chapel looks to close that gap when it hosts Vacation Bible School from 9:15 a.m. to noon, July 30 through August 2. This program is designed for ages 4 to 10 years old. And there’s still time to register. “VBS is a spiritually, uplifting program that is designed to inspire and encourage kids,” said Donna Hilley, director of religious education at U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt. VBS is a free program that, with the help from staff and volunteers, provides younger children with positive learning experiences, which includes getting to meet new friends who share their beliefs as well as participating in many fun, character-building activities. “Our goal is to share God’s love in a happy and safe environment,” Hilley said. “Parents should instantly see that their kids are happy and having fun participating in the program. Beyond the instant smiles, our goal is to plant seeds of God’s love that will grow throughout their lifetime. I think kids will develop a stronger sense of awareness that God cares about them.”

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Kristin Schrader as “Arizona Jonah”—a character in this year’s Vacation Bible School. This summer, Ledward Chapel hosts Vacation Bible School July 30 – August 2 for children ages 4 to 10. Register your child now before July 8.

Children will spend four, fun-filled days hunting for hidden treasures. On the last day, the children and VBS team will celebrate with a barbeque, Hilley said. All children are welcome regardless of their church affiliations. And you don’t have to be a church member to attend VBS.

“VBS is a basic foundational ministry that is designed to simply share God’s love,” Hilley said. “If parents are interested in introducing their children to Christianity, this is a perfect opportunity. Kids will be able to Filled with crafts, daily snacks, interactive drama, groovy music and experience church in a positive light. Our hope is that all parents and energizing recreation, VBS will take children on imaginative adventures, kids will feel comfortable with the ministry.” and make them eager to learn how to be a good person and a friend to others. The age-appropriate activities are designed to reinforce this Registration ends July 8. To register, visit the Ledward Chapel in Building 242 on Ledward Barracks. For more, contact Donna Hilley at 09721-96year’s theme, Treasure Hunters. 6860, or via email at Rarely can anyone compare the VBS experience to anything else.

so there was potential for a mishap due to miscommunication.

(STAR continued from Page 1) interviewed, Myers said.

“The language barrier and the ‘lost-intranslation’ piece puts you at a higher risk for a safety related incident,” Myers said. “I think the fact that our staff focused on safety during this time more so than previously has really been a huge opportunity for us to grow as an organization. Over that entire year renovation period, we had zero safety incidents.”

“It is an assessment to ensure the staff understands and knows safety,” he said. “To see the Soldiers and civilians of the Illesheim Health Clinic achieve this status as the first in MEDCOM to be an OSHA star site is truly an honor to me.” By achieving Star Status, Illesheim Health Clinic becomes a mentoring unit to assist other clinics in achieving VPP certifications, Myers said. Since 2010, Army Medicine has been working to implement VPP certification across its facilities. “We are now really the model for the MEDCOM,” Myers said. “This is a program that the MEDCOM is adopting across the board next year. We have already reached out to some of our fellow clinics to start talking OSHA VPP, and what it is about.” The path to achieve the Star Status was filled with many obstacles including clinic renovations that could easily have complicated or distracted the staff from earning the safety status, he said. “The renovation provided us with a lot of

Douglas DeMaio

Staff members of the Illesheim Health Clinic gather in the hallway of the clinic for a morning huddle. The team has a daily morning huddle where members of the team can raise issues about their work environment.

Illesheim is 50 percent below the national average for Total Case Incident Rate category and 75 percent below the national average for Days Away, Restricted, and Time Away category.

challenges because we constantly had work “The bottom line is that for three and a half going on,” Myers said. consecutive years they had just one accident,” Scheuring said. Through more than half of their certification assessment, renovations were made to “By establishing this culture of safety, now Illesheim’s clinic. sustainment really is the easy part,” Myers said. “The critical thing is in sustainment, I feel that The staff and patients were in temporary by changing the culture it becomes as normal facilities. as putting on your pants. Now they have that culture of safety and rather than stepping over Work was constantly taking place in the area it, they pick it up. Rather than walking by, they next to staff and patients and most of the take ownership and that is important.” construction workers did not speak English,

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Bamberg teens lend a helping hand in Romania By Heidi Sanders, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs

BAMBERG, Germany -- Ten high-school aged teens from Bamberg’s Club Beyond gave up part of their summer vacation to serve the people of Romania during Club Beyond’s annual service project June 15-24. About 350 students and leaders from Club Beyond, a teen faith-based program of Military Community Youth Ministries, at military communities across Europe participated in the service project. They were spread out at five sites near Cluj, Romania. Bamberg was teamed up with groups from SHAPE in Belgium and Spangdahlem, Germany. This is the second year in a row the group from Bamberg has traveled to Romania for the service project, said Laura Reisinger, community director for Club Beyond in Bamberg. “Before, we had done trips to Poland and Czech Republic,” Reisinger said. Courtesy Photo During their time in Romania, the teens spent time building a playground for school children in Romania and offering vacation Bible school Teens from Club Beyond test out their newly built playground. The activities and English classes for Romanian children in first through Bamberg high schoolers gave up part of their summer to help Romanians during Club Beyond’s annual service project June 15-24. seventh grade.

Reisinger said the teens seemed to have an impact on the Romanian Reisinger said it was hot in Romania but that didn’t stop the teens from children. helping out. She said during last year’s project it rained a lot, which made it difficult to build a playground. “It was cool to see teenage boys interacting with these little kids,” she said. “There were several days (this year) where I think it hit 100 degrees, but it didn’t rain which was awesome,” she said. “I was impressed with the Tori Miller, one of the participants from Bamberg, said the service project high school kids for persevering in the crazy amount of heat. They were was an experience she won’t forget. tired, but they pushed through.” “I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world,” Miller, 17, The teens’ camp costs help cover the expense of the materials to build said. “I really learned that we have to appreciate what we have before the playground. we want anything more. I am extremely lucky to live the life that I do.” Supplies for activities, such as sports, were donated by military Miller said she had never been to a place like Romania before. community members. Reisinger said the Bamberg chapel community donated a lot of the needed supplies. “It was shocking and amazing and breathtaking all at once,” Miller said. She said at first some Romanians were skeptical of the Americans’ offer “You could really see how God works his way through the heart of people to build them a playground for free. who don’t really have a lot,” she said. “By the end of the week they realized we were there just to love on them Reisinger said Club Beyond will have a variety of activities this summer and we didn’t want anything back,” she said. for teens in middle and high school. Reisinger, who served as a site leader, said she is proud of the group’s On Tuesdays, there will be an outdoor activity, such as caving or contributions. kayaking. A Bible study will be offered Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. in the chapel. “Some people see them (teenagers) as not being able to have an impact,” she said. “They don’t get that feeling (of being able to make For more information, find Club Beyond Bamberg on Facebook or send a difference) a whole lot. I just love seeing our kids take up this much Laura Reisinger an email at responsibility and be passionate about doing something.” (ABOUT continued from Page 2) can head back over the river for a stroll through town. From the Marktplatz head down Spitalstrasse, where you can stop by one of the many cafes for eis, or what Americans usually call ice cream. A scoop or two will only cost you around €1.50. If you end up having extra dough in your pocket and if time allows you should explore one of Schweinfurt’s many museums. Entry fees are usually under €10 per adult and

under €2 for children. Some museums offer a family ticket for a discounted price. They also have discounts on large groups, but you may want to call the specific museum for additional details. As you make your way back towards home, you can start planning your next adventure, biking along the Main River through wine villages, taking a bus to the Schweinfurt Wild Park or visiting the local market every

Saturday morning to pick up fresh produce from the surrounding villages. Exploring the Schweinfurt area doesn’t mean that you will have to spend a great deal of money. For other great entertainment opportunities check out the German Events calendar page. A listing of current events can be found here as well as places of interest, recurring events and programs.

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Was ist los in Franken? By Bianca Sowders, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs Altstadtfest in Herrieden The town of Herrieden hosts its annual Altstadtfest on July 14 and 15; the fest downtown begins on Saturday at 5 p.m. with the parade of the invited guests and the traditional tapping of the first keg of beer. Come on out and enjoy some true German hospitality in this quaint little town. Kinderzeche in Dinkelsbuehl The Kinderzeche in Dinkelsbuehl, a historical play and parade that tells how a group ofchildren saved the town from being plundered by the Swedish Army in 1632, is scheduled for July 13 – 22. Theater plays, parades, Swedish army camps and plenty of other entertainment are taking place inside the walls of the historical city. A detailed program scheduled is available at Kaltenberger Ritterturnier The annual knights and jousting tournament at Kaltenberg castle in Geltendorf takes place on three weekends, July 13 – 17, July 20-22 and July 28 and 29. More than a thousand traveling artists, jugglers and vagrants turn the castle into a medieval scene; “living” workshops show the ancient arts of the Middle Ages. More information is available at; online tickets can be purchased at or the ticket hotline at 01805 - 11 33 13.

Stadtstrand on Ludwigskai, open daily from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. until September 15. More information at Sommer in der City in Nuremberg Nuremberg is offering a city beach on Insel Schuett near Hauptmarkt. White sand, beach chairs, palms and a pool bar create that special vacation feeling; open daily 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. until July 24. More information at Volksmarch Highlights in Franken Here is a quick look at upcoming Volksmarches in Franconia. Participants can 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 drinks will be sold on location and registration is possible on site. It is best to contact the listed point of contact for exact starting times, updates and location information. For other locations within Germany also check the website • July 14-15: 5, 10, 20 km in Pegnitz – POC: Wanderfreunde Pegnitz e.V., 09241-1729,, start time: 6 a.m. – 1 p.m. • July 21-22: 6, 10 km in Sachsen b. Ansbach – POC: Wanderfreunde Sachsen 1975 e.V., 09827-6422, start time: 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.

• July 28-29: 5, 10 km in Bamberg – POC: Deutsch-Amerikanischer Summer Wine Fest in Schweinfurt Wanderclub e.V. Bamberg, 0951-47490 strat time Sat 6a.m. – noon, The Sommerweinfest of Schweinfurt on July 19 – 23 takes place in Sun 6 – 11 a.m. the inner court yard of the castle ( An der Peterstirn 4), starting in the afternoon every day. For details go to • August 4-5: 6, 10, 20 km in Oberdachstetten – POC: Wanderfreunde Oberdachstetten 1987 e.V., 09845-987464, www.wanderfreundeCity Beach in Wuerzburg; start time: 6 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wuerzburg is offering a quick trip to the beach on the public

American Music Abroad Honor Bands, Choirs to perform By Laura Jarvis, Family and MWR Marketing Chief

and the “high quality, entertaining value” of our musicians.

ANSBACH, Germany -- Soldiers, family members, retirees and their guests are invited to a Summer Evening of American Music at the American Music Abroad Concert, July 18 at Katterbach Kaserne, Hangar 3.

We are sure that the musicianship and enthusiasm of American Music Abroad student performers will be a highlight for audiences. In the words of one of our students, “I cannot recall ever performing for a more appreciative audience. Although we could not communicate verbally, I feel we’ve expressed something to them which is far more profound than that which can be said with mere words. Music is truly a universal language...”

American Music Abroad Honor Bands and Choirs have been highly praised by European audiences for the past 36 years. The Gold Tour is a group of all-star high school musicians that form a Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Concert Choir. This tour’s Symphonic Band has 75 musicians, the Jazz Band has 20 players and the Concert Choir is 50 voices strong.

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Students from the American Music Abroad Honor Band play the piccolos during a Summer Evening of American Music performance. Katterbach Kaserne will have an American Music Abroad Concert on July 18 at 7 p.m.

feature a varied repertoire. These students represent over 40 American high schools from the states of Maryland, New Performances will include music from the Jersey and Pennsylvania. masters, music from the American Broadway stage, American folk music and works by During their 17 day European tour of 2012, the contemporary American composers. American Music Abroad Gold Tour will tour and perform in France, Italy, Austria, Germany and Reviewers from all European countries have Switzerland. noted the “purity of tone,” the “dedication to musical technical demands and expression,” The American Music Abroad concerts will

Join Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation for an evening of American music (symphony, orchestra, band and choral) by a select all-star group of New Jersey high school musicians. No cost tickets and advance purchase of cheese platters ($5) are available beginning July 5 at Concierge in the Von Steuben Community Center on Bismarck, Storck Community Activity Center and at the door. For more informaiton, call 09802-83-7342, or email

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In addition, no approval is required to drive the POV if the registered A long-term pass can only be issued for immediate family members. The user is in the vehicle while they are driving. Residents of Germany Installation Access Control System Office handles these requests. cannot operate a USAREUR-plated POV at anytime unless they are a spouse and authorized on the registration. Short-term passes, AE Form 190-16A, are issued for one to 90 days based upon the visitors plane ticket and/or tourist visa if applicable. The To get approval, the registered user must complete AE Form 550-175Csponsor must live on post or, if living off post, the visitor has to be a U.S. R. They must present the visitor’s passport, their international driving citizen. The IACS registration office can handle these requests. permit and proof of insurance through the vehicle owner’s insurance

company to the custom office. Both passes require the application and documents to be submitted at least two to three business days prior to the visitor requiring the pass. The exception to policy can be granted for one to 90 days from the visitor’s arrival date in Europe. Once the application is processed, the sponsor and visitor must go in person to the appropriate office to receive the pass. The visitor will have Once the exception to policy authority document is processed, the their photo and fingerprints taken at this time. visiting driver must keep it in the vehicle at all times along with the vehicle registration, proof of insurance and international driver’s permit. For a short visit, an application, AE Form 190-16, can be submitted to add your guest to the access rooster. The access rooster allows International driver permits should be obtained prior to the friend or visitors to access post without signing in by showing their passport and relative’s visit. verification that their name is on the access rooster list. Allowing a guest to drive your POV with the proper approval from the The various guest installation passes can be used at any gate, including customs office does not allow them to buy tax-free gasoline at an Army the smart gates, at USAG Bamberg and USAG Schweinfurt. In Ansbach, Air Force Exchange Service or use the ESSO fuel card off post. at the time of requesting installation passes they will determine which Kaserne the pass may be used at. For more information, call the Customs Field Office Bamberg at 0951300-7460/9312, the Customs Field Office Schweinfurt at 09721-96The installation passes are only good for the installation they are issued 8846/8847 or the Customs Field Office Ansbach at 0981-183-7842. at and if you visit other garrisons the sponsor will have to sign in the guest. Temporary Supplemental-Ration Request

Having company come to visit usually includes traveling around All installation passes, as well as signing in guests are only good during Germany and can quickly consume the monthly ration of tax-free Force Protection Condition Bravo. gasoline provided. For more information, call the IACS office in Bamberg at 0951-3007709/7918 or the IACS registration office at 0951-300-8787. In Schweinfurt call the IACS office at 09721-96-8874/8875 and in Ansbach call the IACS office at Bismark Kaserne at 09802-83-3866 or Katterbach Kaserne at 09802-83-3315.

To help alleviate the burden, they can submit a temporary supplementalration request, AE form 600-17A. Up to one month’s basic ration amount can be approved as supplemental rations and it is added to the current month’s ration amount.

Letting visitors drive your privately owned vehicle For more information, visit the USAREUR Registry of Motor Vehicles Visiting friends and relatives can drive a USAREUR-plated vehicle website: independently within Germany if the registered user of the privately owned vehicle gets approval from the local military customs office.

Sky Soldiers head to Afghanistan 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and Bamberg Staff reports BAMBERG, Germany -- Over the past several weeks, Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team have said goodbye to friends and family members as the Soldiers prepare to deploy. This is the brigade’s fifth deployment in nine years and their fourth deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The 173rd ABCT faces a much different mission this time, as American forces begin to withdraw from the country and Afghan forces take the lead. But after a full-spectrum training exercise and a mission readiness exercise in Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas, the brigade is well prepared for whatever they may encounter. “I may be biased, but I believe the Army did well in choosing the 173rd Airborne Brigade to return again to Afghanistan,” said Col. Andrew Rohling, 173rd ABCT commander, during a ceremony to case the unit’s colors on June 14 in Vicenza, Italy. “This is a brigade who knows how to fight, knows how to win, knows how to take care of Soldiers and knows how to take care of Families. “It is a brigade that is surrounded by a great community and command that provides unwavering support every day.”

Heidi Sanders

Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team wait for the buses on July 3. Over the past several weeks, Soldiers from the 173rd ABCT have said goodbye to friends and family members as the Soldiers prepare to deploy.

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Franconia Miliatary Community Celebrates Fourth of July Courtesy Photos from USAG Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt

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Franconia Military Community Announcements Army Suggestion Program The Army Suggestion Program encourages Soldiers, civilians and any concerned individuals to submit ideas regarding how the Army can increase efficiency and cut costs. Approved suggestions are assessed on how much they save the Army and can earn individuals thousands of dollars. For more information, or to submit an idea, Army Knowledge Online registered users can visit the ASP website at Those unable to access AKO can submit a DA Form 1045 to their installation coordinator.

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Sexual Assault Your Sexual Assault Response Coordinator is available 24 hours a day. Call 0162-510-2917 for the 24- hour hotline.

Trial Defense Services If you’re a Soldier and you are questioned by law enforcement, Criminal Investigation Division or members of your command about suspected acts of misconduct, you have the absolute right to remain silent. You have the right to refuse to answer any question, even from your commander and you have the right to talk to an attorney. If questioned, you should immediately, demand to speak to an attorney. As a Soldier, you are entitled to free consultation and representation by a military defense counsel. All communications with a trial defense attorney are privileged and will not be released to your command. DEERS Validation Soldiers are responsible for ensuring Defense Let a U.S. Army trial defense attorney help you. Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System information is For more information, come speak with a free trial updated. Please see the ID card section to update defense attorney. your DEERS information. Teen Stress OneSource Mobile The National Military Family Association created a kit Army OneSource is now available for smart phone to give the people in military teens’ lives a way to help browsers. The launch of a mobile device version will them manage stress and affirm the positive aspects optimize Army OneSource the mobile experience for of military life. To obtain a copy of the tool kit and visitors. Visit today. learn more, visit News/2010/07/OperationPurple. Get EFMP Registered Is your Soldier coming back from downrange? If your Involved Consideration Soldier is receiving orders to another location, it is Missed appointments diminish a medical facility’s not too early to start your Exceptional Family Member ability to provide efficient health care. The next time Program paperwork. Family members can start the you cannot make your medical appointment, please paperwork now. Your local Army Community Services be considerate and cancel your appointment. We EFMP manager can assist in determining what need your involvement to provide better care for our you need to do. Remember, if you have someone military community. registered in EFMP, the registration has to be updated every three years or when the condition changes. Scout Program Each year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars selects Pre-Separation Briefing three young people — of the Boy or Girl Scouts, Sea Planning to move from Soldier to civilian? Take Scouts or Venturing Crew — who have demonstrated advantage of the transition services offered by practical citizenship in school, scouting and the the Army Career and Alumni Program, such as community. The first-place winner receives a $5,000 a Department of Labor two-and-a-half day job award, the second-place winner receives a $3,000 assistance workshop, resume preparation assistance award and the third-place winner receives $1,000. and information about veterans’ benefits. Make an For more information, visit appointment to attend the mandatory ACAP Pre- Community/Scout-of-the-Year-Scholarship/ Separation Briefing; offered weekly and about an hour long. Separating Soldiers can start the ACAP PTA Scholarships Family Advocacy Programs process one year before separating. Soldiers who will Apply for European Parent Teacher Association Army Community Services’ Family Advocacy Program be retiring can start two years out from their projected scholarships. For more information, visit http:// is here to provide help and support by offering a New retirement date. Parent Support Program, Newborn Network, play group, parenting classes, communication classes, Post 911 GI Bill victim advocacy and anger/stress management Take advantage of your military benefits. Earn a classes. Contact your local ACS for dates and class degree or skill with your Post 911 GI Bill. Find out schedules. more about your benefits by visiting http://www.gibill. Immediate Appointments Are you tired of waiting on hold while scheduling a Edelweiss Resort medical appointment at health clinic? With TRICARE Ongoing specials and packages GarmischOnline, you don’t have to wait on hold. You can Partenkirchen, Germany. This full-scale resort and schedule appointments, refill prescriptions and alpine lodge is in the heart of the Bavarian Alps and manage your health needs better. Register today ski country. The hotel is part of USAG Garmisch with at To learn more, visit http:// nearby AAFES shopping and gas facilities. There are often deals and package specials available. For more, visit Pertussis Prevention Pertussis, or whooping cough, is on the rise. It Utility Tax Relief Services affects people of all ages, is most severe in children Tax Relief Office offers a new service for U.S. and can be fatal in infants. Immunizations children Army Garrison Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt get to protect against this disease wanes with time. customers. With the implementation of the Utility Unimmunized, infected adults can unknowingly Avoidance Program customers can sign up locally spread pertussis to children. Symptoms in adults can and save 19 percent tax on their electricity, gas and appear like a common cold and develop into violent water bills. For more information, call the Warner coughing. Preventing the spread of the disease is Barracks’ tax relief office at 0951-300-1780, Leward possible. To protect yourself but, most importantly, Barracks’ Tax Relief Office at 09721-96-1780, the children of our community, we urge adults to be Bismark Kaserne’s Tax Relief Office at 09802-83vaccinated against pertussis. Ask your health clinic 1780 or Storck Barracks’ Tax Relief Office at 09841professionals about the Tetanus, Diphtheria and 83-4553. Pertussis vaccine or T-DAP.

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American Music Abroad Concert Attend the summer evening of music concert on July 18 at 7 p.m at Katterbach Hanger 3. No cost tickets available at Concierge in the Von Steuben Community Center on Bismark Kaserne, Storck Community Activity Center and at the door. Advance purchase of chesse platters for $5 is available as well. Enjoy the jazz, orchestra and choral music of an all-star group of talented musicians from New Jersey. Fore more information, call 09802-83-2930.

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Katterbach Fitness Center on July 13 at 11 a.m. Child care available by reservation at CDC or SAC, use your deployment hours! Call ACS Family Advocacy for details at 09802-83-2516. BOSS Trip to Croatia Hey BOSS Soldiers! Take a trip to Pula, Croatia on August 9-13. Costs are $299 for Single Soldier (double occupancy) and $349 (single room). Includes transportation, two nights at Hotel Pula, breakfast, dinner, and a three hour guided tour of Pula. Sign up now at Concierge in the Von Steuben Community Center on Bismarck. For more information, call 09802-83-2921. High Wire Act Mark your calendars for a great family event. The Weisheit Family High Wire Act will be Aug. 2 at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 6 30 p.m. at Urlas Housing Area. There will be a shuttle bus (route coming soon), food and refreshments. For more information, call 0980283-2929.

BOSS Meeting There will be a Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers meeting on July 17 at 2 p.m. at the Storck Community Activity Center. For more information, call 09802-83-2921. There will also be a BOSS meeting on July 3 at the BOSS Lounge in the Von Steuben Community Activity Center on Bismark Kaserne. For Weekly Reminders more information, call 09802-83-2921. Safety Hazard on B-13 Safety Hazard on B-13 between Ansbach and Bring Your Own Craft Need a place to spread out and do your craft? Come Illesheim North of Oberdachstetten there is a to Storck Barracks’ Community Activity Center July steep decline that goes under a railroad overpass 18 and meet others with the crafting itch that needs (“Marktbergel Hill”). One lane of traffic going down the to be scratched. For more information, call 09841-83- hill and two lanes of traffic going up the hill, please do not pass. 4714.

Java Time Come to Java Cafe for warm drinks and for free interent access at Storck Barracks’ Bowling Center. The cafe is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cafe is now open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call, 09841-83-4530.

Pet Reminder Remember all pets on USAG Ansbach installations need to be on a leash when outside. Please pick up Taxi Service Ask for a driver with a U.S. installation pass and after your pets. provide the following information: pick-up point, number of passengers, destination, name and Used Clothes and Shoes Container We need your help! The used clothes and shoes number and time of pick up. If traveling to the airport, containers are provided to the community at no cost. notify the driver of number of passengers and bags. Arts and Crafts Sale Fifteen percent off all frames and engraving supplies Unfortunately, they are often mistreated as garbage For a taxi in the Ansbach area, call 0981-5005 or through September 1. Building 5262 on Barton dumpsters. Please be sure that only clothes and 0981-19410; in Illesheim call 09841-7200. Barracks next to Vehicle Inspection. For more shoes are disposed off in these containers. Please information, email also make your neighbors aware of the purpose of Spouses and Civilians’ Club these containers. If these containers are continued to The Ansbach Spouses and Civilians’ Club is a great or call 0981-183-7627. be misused, the respective contractor will be unable way to meet people, develop new interests and get involved with your community. For more information, to continue to provide this service. “PURSE”onal Safety email Learn to use your purse for self-defense! Come to Community Yard Sale Every first weekend of the month starting in June until September, all residents of housing areas in USAG Ansbach can host a community yard sale. The yard sales will be Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Off-post residents can sell their goods on Katterbach at Rocket Park or Illesheim near Longbow Lounge. Help Wanted The Katterbach Thrift Store is in dire need of volunteers. If you have some time to donate, we would really appreciate it. Our hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 10-2 and Thursday from 12-6. Any time you have to spare would be helpful.

Safety Training and Information The USAG Ansbach Safety Office recommends this website containing many safety topics, in both English and German, which can be used for information and training in your organization throughout the year. As time goes by, more will be added, but there is a vast volume of workplace and off-duty subjects; to include videos and slide shows. Reserve Space Did you know? You can use the Von Steuben Community Activity Center on Bismarck Kaserne for your official Family Readiness Group meeting, unit meeting or official use training conference. Available for no cost official usage on Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call for reservations today at 09802-83-2930, or stop by Concierge in the Von Steuben Community Activity Center.

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Registration Office operations. All vehicle registration operations will be provided at the main office on Barton Barracks, 3rd floor, Room 303, Building 5254. For more informaiton, call 09811-83-7892. Youth and Teens Infant Massage Explore ways to bond with your infant using relaxing and soothing techniques through massage developed just for infants. The class is offered on July 11 from 10-11 a.m. at the Storck Community Activity Center and from 1-2 p.m. at the Katterbach Army Community Services, Building 5817. For more information, call 09802-83-2883. Soccer Camp U.S. Youth Soccer is a soccer program designed for youth ages 8-18 years old that would like to participate in a year round soccer program. U.S. Youth Soccer is putting on soccer camps at various military installations around Bavaria. Camps are open to youth of any soccer level that would like to improve on their soccer fundamentals. Camp dates for Ansbach are August 18-19. The camp costs $90 per player. If you would like to sign up or would like further information about the U.S. Youth Soccer soccer match with host nation counterparts on Ansbach Veterinary Clinic The veterinary clinic is open Monday through program please email Sunday, July 22. The match will be played at Storck Barracks, on the multi-purpose sports field starting at Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and open Friday 11 a.m. In order to prepare for this match, the garrison from 1 to 4 p.m. Closed on federal and training Katterbach Child Development Center holidays. For more information, call 09802-83-3179. Hourly care is available Monday to Friday with the is looking for potential soccer players to participate exception of federal holidays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For in the match. Practice will start very soon. Interested more information, contact Parent Central Services at players call, 09802-83-2810. Deployment Specials Ansbach Arts and Crafts team has you covered. Place 09802-83-2533 to make reservations. Racquetball Challenge orders now and save and avoid rush fees. Located Racquetball Singles Challenge on Tuesdays and on Barton Barracks and open Monday, Thursday and Storck Child Development Center Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday Hourly Care is available Monday to Friday with the Thursdays from July 10- August 21 at 11 a.m.-5 p.m. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call exception of federal holidays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sign up at Katterbach and Storck Fitness Centers, Please call the CDC in advance to make reservations. Concierge in the Von Steuben Community Center 0981-1837627. For children 6 weeks to 24 months call CDC Main at and Storck Communtiy Activity Center. For more 09841-83-4505 or for children 24 months to 5 years information, call 09802-83-2771. Closures and Changes call CDC Annex at 09841-83-4423. TRX Suspension Training Fuel Pump Closure Family Child Care Opportunities For the 12 week challenge workout try the TRX The Transportation Motor Pool Fuel Pump, Building Looking for hourly, part-day or full-day child care? Suspension Training at the Katterbach Fitness 6644, at Storck Barracks is closed until further notice Katterbach in-home Family Child Care providers Center on Tuesdays from July 10-August 27 at 11:30 due to a malfunction. have slots available to meet your child care needs. a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Limited to 8 people, first come, first For availability, please contact Parent Central served. For more information, call 09802-83-2771. Stork Barracks Vehicle Refistration Closure Services at 09802-83-2533. Interested in providing The Vehicle Registration Office will temporarily child care from your home? Child, Youth School suspend the Storck Barracks Vehicle Services is recruiting for Family Child Care providers (living in government quarters) to run a child care business from home. Some of the benefits include; free training with curriculum beneficial to your own children, FCC Certification is beneficial worldwide, easy transfer of credits to next duty station and work toward a college degree while you provide child care. For more information, contact the Family Child Care office at 09802-83-2536. Ansbach Girl Scouts What is green, almost 100 years old and hip and cool as ever? Girl Scouts! Come be a part of the adventure and fun that is Girl Scouts. Any girls kindergarten through 12 grade are welcome. To join or for more information, email or call 0151- 445-12471. EDGE! After school activities for middle and high school youth is available at no cost. For more information Katterbach Kaserne Parent Central Services at 0909802-83-2533 or Storck Barracks Parent Central Services at 09841-83-4880.

Sports, Health and Fitness Soccer Match U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach will host a friendly

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in the entry fee. To sign up, call 0174-803-8992 or 0152-264-93719. For more information, call the Golf Pro Shop at 0951-300-8953.

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CPR Class One quarter of Americans say they have been in a situation where someone needed CPR. If you were one of them, would you know what to do? This 30-minute class is free and open to the public. The Bamberg American Red Cross will be hosting Citizen CPR classes July 18 and 25. The classes will be from 10 -10:30 a.m. For more information, call 0951-3001760.

Change of Command There will be a change of command for U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg on July 18 at 10 a.m. at Summerall Field. Lt. Col. Michelle L. Bienias will replace Lt. Col. Steven L. Morris as the garrison commander. If there is inclement weather the alternate location will be the Freedom Fitness Facility. Theatrical Workshop Series The Stable Theater will have a series of free theatrical workshops for adults and children this summer. They are every Thursday beginning July 12 from 6-9 p.m. The topics will be as follows: July 12 - Auditioning for Musical Theater; July 19 - Dance Basics for Musical Theater; July 26 - Writing Situation Comedy and Doing Improv; Aug. 2 - to be determined; Aug. 9 - Singing for Broadway; Aug. 16 - Clowning and Body Movement; and Aug. 23 - Stage Management Essentials. For more information, call the Stable Theater at 0951-300-8647.

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Adult and Kids Craft The Community Activity Center will host an adult and kids craft on Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. Participants will make homemade lotion and lip balm. The craft is free. Parent supervision is required. Space is limited so sign-up is required. For more information, call the Community Activity Center at 0951-300-8837.

Community Flea Markets The Community Activity Center will host a Community Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday of the month through October at the CAC, Building 7047. The dates for the flea markets are Weekly Reminders July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8 and Oct. 13. For more Farmers Market Speed Limit The Bamberg Commissary will host a farmers market information, call the CAC at 0951-300-8837 Please slow down while driving through residential July 14-15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market will areas on the installation. The speed limit inside a CPR, AED and First Aid Certification include demonstrations, games, prizes and Family Come and learn how to give CPR, first aid and use residential area is 20 kph. Readiness Group fundraisers. an automated external defibrillator with the American Red Cross July 13 and Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 Document Disposal Watermelon Eating Contest The Community Activity Center will host a watermelon p.m. at the Army Community Services building. The Burning documents in a burn barrel is not allowed eating contest on July 18 at noon. Participants will cost of the CPR and First Aid Certification is $45. on post. All paper that needs to be disposed of must have 15 minutes to eat as much watermelon as You can log onto to register. Once be shredded at the Recycling Center. They have an possible. Sign up at the front counter of the CAC. For on the ARC site, go to “take a class” and enter your industrial shredder and accept paper each Tuesday APO zip code to find the course, register and pay from 1-4 p.m. or by appointment. The garrison more information, call 0951-300-8837. online. You can also register in person at the ARC receives a credit for each kilogram of paper turned in office. For additional information or questions, stop through the recycling program. For more information, Golf Extravaganza by the American Red Cross office, Building 7029 or call the environmental office at 0951-300-8426. Golfers can compete in a golf extravaganza on July call 0951-300-1760. 13 at 9 a.m. at Bamberg’s Whispering Pines Golf By Soldiers - For Soldiers Course. This event, sponsored by the 106th Financial Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for Warner Barracks Back to School Donations Management Company, offers a day on the green, During the entire month of August, donate a back take place weekly on Wednesdays from 11:45 a.m. to the opportunity for camaraderie and networking with to school item at the Community Activity Center 12:45 p.m. at the Community Activity Center, Room fellow Soldiers and a chance of renewed relationship and receive a free small slushy. Donated items will 409. These meetings are open to anyone. Duty within the Warner Barracks community. Entry fee be given to Bamberg Elementary School. For more uniform allowed. For more information, call Kyle at is $35 per golfer, teams consist of four persons. information, call the Community Activity Center at 0151-1775-3880, Brian at 0172-271-3626 or Justin at Beverages and snacks will be available and included 0951-300-8837. Matting and Framing Arts and Crafts is scheduled to have a basic matting and framing class July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. and July 26, Aug. 23 and Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. The cost for the class is $15. For more information, call 0951-300-8659. Wood Safety Arts and Crafts is scheduled to have a Woodshop Safety class Aug. 4 and Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. and July 12, Aug. 9 and Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. The cost for the class is $15. The class is mandatory for people who want to use the woodshop. For more information, call 0951300 8659. Red Cross Volunteer Orientation Come and learn how you can become a volunteer with the American Red Cross from 10 a.m. to noon July 20 and August 3 and 17 at the Army Community Service building. Please call and RSVP no later than the day before each scheduled orientation. For additional information, visit the American Red Cross office, Building 7029 or call 0951-300-1760.

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from 5 to 6:30 p.m. During the weekends and fourday weekends, breakfast is served at 8 to 9 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and dinner at 3:30 to 5 p.m. Service Office The U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg Retirement Services Officer/Casualty Manager is located in Building 7290, Room 208, next to Burger King. For more information, call 0951-300-7514.

Closures and Changes Library Hours Change Beginning June 1, the Bamberg Library will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The library is closed on American and German holidays. Customs Office The Customs Office is closed every first Thursday of the month for training. 0151-4642-3940. Military Council of Catholic Women The Military Council of Catholic Women meet on Thursdays at the chapel. Mass begins at 12 p.m. followed by fellowship, lunch and study group from 12:30 to 2 p.m. For more information, email Andrea. Woodworkers Roundtable Take part in the woodworkers roundtable every Wednesday at the Arts and Crafts woodshop on the on the second floor of Building 7047. Get tips, tricks and new ideas. The event is free. For more information, call 0951-300-8659 or email thomas. Arts and Crafts Take part in the crafter’s club at noon every Tuesday at the Arts and Crafts classroom on the first floor of Building 7047. Join the fun. Local crafters get together to share ideas, tips and tricks on a variety of crafts. Learn something new or share your knowledge. The event is free. For more information, call 0951-3008659 or email

Youth and Teens CYSS Fall Sports Sign ups Sign ups have begun for the CYSS Fall sports programs. Programs offered will be cheerleading for 9-15 year olds: $40, flag football for 9-12 year olds: $40, soccer for 3-5 year olds: $20, soccer for 6-15 year olds: $40 and tackle football for 12-14 year olds: $135. If your spouse is deployed or deploying soon you qualify to enroll at no cost using your AFC benefits, just bring in deployment orders. Practices start the week of Aug. 27 with the exception of tackle football which starts conditioning camp Aug. 13. Sign ups are on a first come, first serve basis. Sign ups end Aug. 17 or when the team is filled. We still need volunteer coaches for all sports. Our programs don’t work unless people step up to volunteer plus your children will be enrolled at no cost. Please call Youth Sports with any questions at 0951-300-7523.

Parents’ Night and Day Out Enjoy a day or night out by enrolling your children in the next Parents’ Day Out or Parents’ Night Out programs. Dates for Parents’ Day Out will be Aug. 4, Oct. 6 and Dec 1 from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dates for Parents’ Night Out will be Sept. 7 and Nov. 2 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Cost is $12 per child and Army Ray’s Diner Hours Family Covenant deployment benefits can be used Every weekday, Ray’s Diner serves breakfast from 7 if eligible. Visit Parent Central Services or Webtrac to to 9 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner sign up. For more information, call 0951-300-8660. Reader of the Month On the third Wednesday of the each month at 4 p.m., the Bamberg Community Library and School Age Center will recognize and reward children and youth for their accomplishments in reading. A reading log will be maintained at Bamberg Library. The Reader of the Month will have their photo displayed at the library. For more information, call 0951-300-1740. Library Events The library hosts weekly events. There is storytelling for children ages 3-5 years old every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. There’s also a Gamers’ Challenge that meets every Saturday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 0951-300-1740. Youth Lessons Child, Youth and School Services SKIES Unlimited offers lessons in fine arts ages 6 to 12, kinder German with parents ages 6 to 9, gymnastics for various age groups, kickboxing ages 5 to 18 and piano ages 6 to 18. For more information, call 0951-300-7452.

Sports, Health and Fitness Thursday Night Scramble Come to Whispering Pines Golf Course for Thursday Night Scramble every Thursday evening at 6 p.m. Entry fee is $10. For more information, call 0951-3008953. Running Club Join the Bamberg Running Club for all levels of runners, but especially targeted for beginners using the Jeff Galloway training method of running/walking! The Bamberg Club will meet two times a week for 45-60 minutes of training, plus weekend runs. This is will be partnership between Freedom Fitness Facility and the Bamberg Health Clinic. For more information, email or or call 0951-3009086. Fitness Class Schedule Changes The Freedom Fitness Facility has had several changes to its fitness class schedule. Zumba classes, $5 per class, are only in the morning now on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Thursdays at 10 a.m. Body Tone, $5 per class, is now on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. and Fridays at 9 a.m. Yoga, $4 per class, is now on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m.

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contact Carolyn Clauss at or by phone at 001-443-561-2460. To pre-register for the event please visit

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Spray Tanning in Schweinfurt Day Spa The Day Spa in the Finney Recreation Center now has spray tanning. According to the folks at AAFES, Vacation Bible School this is now the only location in all of USAREUR Every day from July 30 to Aug. 2 at 9:15 a.m. to noon that offers spray tanning services. You’re your your child can join other children at the Ledward appointment today by calling 0176-762-09299. Chapel for Vacation Bible School provided by U.S. Army Garrsion Schweinfurt Religious Support Office. To register for this event please fill out an application Weekly Reminders at the RSO, Building 242, Ledward Chapel. For more information, contact Donna Hilley, director of Newcomer Meet and Greet Religious Education at 09721-96-6860 or donna. Meet other spouses, learn about the community and get connected here in Schweinfurt every Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at the Conn Club. The newcomer meet and greet initiative links up incoming spouses Open Mic/Karaoke Night Let us hear it. The Warrior Zone will have an open with seasoned Schweinfurt residents, offering the mic/karaoke night on July 19 from 7:30 - 10 p.m. for warm welcome our community is known for. Coffee anyone interested in testing their singing abilities. and refreshments will be served and children are No early sign-up needed to participate, just courage. welcome. For more information or to register, contact Come and share you talent with the Warrior Zone. Army Community Services at 09721-96-6933. This event is intended for single Soldiers, but is open to the entire community. Adults only please. For more Inclement Weather in Schweinfurt Know where you can find information on school infomation, call 09721-96-8080. closures and weather and road conditions. More… Recycling Education Class Recycle education course for trash disposal offenders and anyone who wants to learn about recycling. The class is offered twice a month on Wednesday from 6 to 8:3o p.m. Family members nine and up are encouraged to attend with their parent. Bring a friend if he or she lives in military housing or military-leased housing. Class space is limited so please call 0972196-6955 to sign up. Classes cancelled if no one is signs up by 4:30 p.m. the Tuesday before class. Schweinfurt Technology Expo All military, civilian and contractor personnel are invited to attend the Technology Expo on July 24 at the Conn Club from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event will have more than 335 exhibitors who will demonstrate the latest in advanced technologies. Complimentary refreshments will be available while supplies last. The event is hosted by the 72nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion. For additional information on the exhibitors or to request for your company to be represented

Building 1181, will be closed from June 25 to 29 due Local Flea Markets Flea markets are a fun way to find a bargain. The maintenance. Users are asked to use the washrack Army Community Services Information and Referral on Ledward Barracks during that period. program provides a monthly list of flea markets here. Community shuttle increases weekend runs Effective immediately the community shuttle will add Dental Clinic Space Available The USAG Schweinfurt Dental Clinic now offers two additional circuits to its weekend schedule. The space available stand-by appointments for other- weekend schedule includes holidays and U.S. Armythan-active-duty eligible beneficiaries. Appointments Europe training holidays. More… can only be scheduled 24 hours in advance. BOSS Meetings Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers meetings are on the second (at the Warrior Zone) and fourth (at the Finney Recreation Center) Tuesday of every month. For more information, call the Warrior Zone at 0972196-6082 or the Finney Recreation Center at 0972196-8476.

Youth and Teens

Smart Girls Young ladies, we are proud to tell you that your 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 11-14 and 15-18. Smart Girls meet every Open Mic Night Monday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Youth Center. Come and share your talent with the Warrior Zone, For more information, call the youth center at 09721every Friday at 8 p.m. to midnight. Intended for Single 96-6732. Soldiers but open to the entire community. Adults only. No early sign ups required. For more information, call 09721-96-6082. Single Soldiers Christian Fellowship and Supper The Conn Chapel offers fellowship and supper every Thursday at 6:30 to 8 p.m. The program is for single Soldiers and includes Bible study, worship and a home-cooked meal. For more information, call Donna Hilley at 09721-96-1370. Karaoke Karaoke all-stars, come and share your talent with the Warrior Zone, every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Intended for Single Soldiers but open to the entire community. Adults only. No early signups required. For more information, call 09721-96-6082.

Closures and Changes Tank Trail Closed The Directorate of Emergency Services must secure the cable beam barriers across the Tank Trail adjacent to Kessler Field beginning June 1. Conn Recycling Washrack The recycling washrack on Conn Barracks near

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go from a C to an A+ and it may even help you make friends in the German community. Test out your skills by joining us on a field trip downtown. For more information, call the Youth Center at 09721-96-6732. Wanted: Youth Sports Coaches and Officials The Schweinfurt community is looking for coaches and officials for the youth sports program. No experience is necessary to participate. By registering through Child, Youth School Services, you will become a certified coach in the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS). This is a great way to volunteer in the community and earn extra income by officiating. For more information contact CYSS at 09721-96-6822 or email FCC Providers Needed Help the community and start a new career as an FCC provider. FCC Providers maintain a happy home-away-from-home atmosphere (in government controlled housing only) for children who can’t be with their own parents during the day. You can care for your own children in addition to outside customers. All training and education is provided free of charge. Call 09721-96-6487 for details. SKIESUnlimited SKIES offers different classes every month for youths Summer Reading Program ages birth through 18. The program is designed to Register now for the Library’s Summer Reading complement, expand, and support the academic, Program. This year’s theme is “Reading is So life skills and athletic experiences children and Delicious” and runs June 20 - July 18. For more youth have within Child, Youth and School Services information, call the library at 09721-96-6070. programs and in schools. For the latest class listings, click here. Give Me 20 Looking to get fit? The Youth Center if offering a free 4-H Club fitness program every Wednesday and Thursday at 4-H is a club designed for middle and high school 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for youth ages 13 through 18-years- students. As a club, students will plan field trips, old. Program facilitators will show youth how to events and activities based on their four core values; safely workout and stay fit. Working out doesn’t have head, hands, heart and health. 4-H meets every to be hard; it can be fun! Dedicated participants will Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Youth Center. To see positive results. Workouts will include sports, participate, students must be registered with CYSS. spinning, weight lifting and more. Participants must For more information or to get involved, call the Youth be registered with CYSS and have a permission slip Center at 09721-96-6732. on file. To learn more or to register, contact the Youth Center at 09721-96-6732. EDIS Are you concerned about how your child is German Class developing? If so, call Educational and Developmental Let’s talk German! Come learn German one-on- Intervention Services to schedule a free screening. one every Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Screenings are available to children ages birth to 3 the Youth Center. This great program is taught by years old. For more information or to schedule an our own education tech who was born and raised in appointment, call 09721-96-6257. Schweinfurt. This class can help your German grade Playmorning Join Playmorning every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Ledward Activity Center. Children’s Story Time Bring your child in to the library on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. for Children’s Story Time. School Registration Families newly assigned to Schweinfurt can register their children daily in the main office. Please bring a copy of the student’s current immunization records and orders assigning you to Schweinfurt which are required to complete registration. Students who are not registered prior to the first day of school could have a delayed start date. Please contact the school at 09721-96-6518 with any questions.

Sports, Health and Fitness PADI Open Water Certification Course Now through Sept. 30, Outdoor Recreation offers a PADI Open Water Certification Course as an ongoing program. The course includes classroom sessions, pool and open water training in small groups. Course costs are $375 using your own mask, fins and snorkel. All other equipment is provided. Items can be rented at ODR. For more information or to sign up,

call ODR at 09721-96-8080. Personal Training Dedicated personal trainers are available to the Schweinfurt Community by appointment. For details, contact the Kessler Fitness Center at 09721-96-6765 or Finney Fitness Center at 09721-96-8234. Paintball Field Open Relieve some stress or have some good old fashioned fun every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rental equipment is available at the Paintball Field. For information, contact Outdoor Recreation at 09721-96-8080. Tuesday Night Cosmic Pin Bowling Enjoy cosmic bowling every Tuesday night at the Kessler Bowling Center with funky lights and music mixed with colored pins in each lane. Games are $1.50 each. Win a free game by knocking down a strike with the colored pin as the head pin. Cosmic Bowl also includes specials on food and drink.

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THEATERS THE RAVEN June 8, 2012 | 110 Minutes When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Poe’s darkest works, a young Baltimore detective Luke Evans joins forces with Poe in a quest to get inside the killer’s mind in order to stop him from making every one of Poe’s brutal stories a blood chilling reality. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, which escalates when Poe’s love Alice Eve, becomes the next target.

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1. Choose drought-tolerant native plants for your garden. Many plants need minimal watering. Find out which occur naturally in your area. 2. Take shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower your water and heating bills too. Use a bucket to collect water while waiting for the shower to get hot, and use this for watering your plants.

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Trips and Travel Opportunities Registration for trips begin the 15th of the month before the scheduled trip and must be made no later than the Monday before the scheduled leave date or they may be cancelled. To sign up or for more information, go to Outdoor Recreation. All trips depart and arrive from ODR unless otherwise noted. No refund will be given for noshows. Military duty restraint or illness will be refunded with documentation.

1. Buy locally raised and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever you can. Purchasing from local farmers keeps money in the local economy, is healthy and lowers energy use for packaging and transport. 2. Air your rooms overnight or in the early day hours. This lowers the need for air conditioning. Keep windows closed when using cooling units.

Recycling Tips 1. Best use for an empty pump soap dispenser: Fill again with liquid soap detergent. 2. Before disposing of new, unused things you no longer need – ask friends and neighbors if they need it.

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Get News and Weather Updates with the AFN Europe Mobile App coffee, beer and more. Inline skaters are welcome to join as well. Trips depart Katterbach Outdoor Recreation at 8 a.m. and Storck Barracks at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $29 for adults, $19 for children and $65 for Families. Transportation only. Bike rentals are available at a discounted price. For more information call, Ansbach Outdoor Recreation at 0980-283-3225.


July 13-16 Karwendl Hutte Hike $250 Join Bamberg Outdoor Recreation for a four-day hike through the Alps. This will be a moderately difficult hike through a mesmerizing landscape and will ANSBACH have you captivated as you hike to a new hut each night. Inquire at Outdoor July 14 Water Skiing and Wakeboarding $29 Recreation for more details. Departs Outdoor Recreation at 6 a.m. on July 13 A great opportunity to learn to water ski, wakeboard or just hang out at the and returns at 6 p.m. on July 16. beach soaking up some rays. Experienced skiers and wakeboarders will find the course fun and exciting as well with the option to the pre-positioned jumps July 21 Zurich, Switzerland with City Tour $65 and ramps similar to what you’d find in a mountain ski and snowboard terrain Visit the largest city in Switzerland and let Outdoor Recreation take care of the park. All water sports rental gear and pull passes are available at the lake. driving. Zurich is the European financial capitol, and was voted the city with Trip departs Storck Barracks at 8 a.m. and Katterbach Outdoor Recreation the highest standard of living worldwide in 2008 and 2009. Children ages 4-12 at 9 a.m. Cost is $29 for adults, $19 for children and $65 for Families. are $55 and children 3 and under are $45. Trip includes transportation and a Transportation only. city tour. Departs the chapel parking lot at 6 a.m. and returns at 10 p.m. July 21 Venice for the Day $129 Explore one of Europe’s most romantic cities in a day. You will have plenty of time to admire the architecture, see the sites, visit art museums, or enjoy a gondola ride before departing for Ansbach. Save money in hotel fees and transportation by traveling with us. Sit back and relax on our new luxury touring bus equipped with A/C, on-board bathroom, movies and reclining seats. Trip departs Storck Barracks at 12 a.m. and Katterbach at 1 a.m. Cost is $129 for adults, $79 for children and $279 for Families. Children up to 3 years old are free of charge. Transportation only..

For more information, call Bamberg Outdoor Recreation at 0951-300-9376.


July 21 Hiking Trip $15 Enjoy a leisure hike in the Rhoen Mountains and a Kreuzberg monastery beer at the end of the day. Bring extra euros for souvenirs, food and drinks.

Aug11 Hiking Trip Pottenstein $15 Take a day trip with Outdoor Recreation to the famous Franconia Switzerland. You’ll visit the Devil’s Cave and have fun at an outdoor rollercoaster. Cost is Aug 5 Bikes Rule! - Liebliches Taubertal $15 per person for transportation; bring Euros for entrance to cave (€2-4). Bikes rule the road as we’re free to ride through the scenic region of For more information or to sign up, visit ODR on Conn or call 09721-96-8080. Liebliches Taubertal, without any automobile traffic. Enjoy a relaxed pace or go for distance along these scenic roadways lined with vendors selling cake, For more information, call Schweinfurt Outdoor Recreation at 09721-96-8080.

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