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Bldg 203, 1st Floor DSN 440-3777; CIV 08821-7503777 Hours: M-F 08001700—Closed on American Holidays

If you are preparing to move soon or are sponsoring a new arrival, stop by ACS and ask for a free app for your IPhone, Android, or Blackberry— your eGuide for Relocation Readiness. You will be given an access code to down-load your personal eGuide

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If someone you know has been hurt by domestic violence, contact your local Victim Advocate for help: 0162-265-2875


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Are you interested in a monthly dinner out? Join ACS for GAP Dining Out! A program to help you get acquainted or keep you acquainted with your community and community members. Regardless of where you work or if you work or how long you have been here, join us for a monthly dinner outing. We will explore and dine in different restaurants in the Garmisch-PartenkirchenGrainau area. This will be a pay as you go event; nothing official, just fun and getting to know your neighbors, colleagues, and the local community. The dining out will be the 3rd Thursday of every month at 1830. Our October outing will be on the 17th. Restaurant to be announced. To ensure reservations, it will be necessary to RSVP. For more information and to RSVP, please call DSN 440-3526/3777. If you are a newcomer to the community and still without a car, transportation can be arranged.

Honoring Gold Star Mothers Gold Star Mother’s Day Sunday 29 September, 2013 Mothers of fallen service members began calling themselves "Gold Star Mothers" during the First World War, but the sorrowful bond they share reaches back to every woman who has lost a son or daughter in uniform since our nation's Revolutionary War. The Army cherishes the mothers of its Soldiers as bedrocks of support and comfort, and honors the mothers of its fallen, as resilient legacies of their children's service. The United States began observing Gold Star Mothers Day on the last Sunday of September in 1936. This year, the Army joins the nation, Sept. 29, in recognizing the sacrifice and strength of it’s Gold Star Mothers.

Check out these community volunteer opportunities! Youth Sports needs soccer coaches for the fall! The youth season begins mid-September please contact Lawrence Tindall for more information, DSN 440-2599 or CIV 08821-750-2599. ACS is looking for Army Family Team Building Instructors. Childcare will be provided for training and teaching purposes. Please contact Meghan McAndrew, DSN 440-3376/3777 or CIV 08821-750-3376/3777. ACS is looking for Emergency Placement families. Please contact Aimee Edwards-Hunter for more information and qualifications, DSN 440-3483/3777 or CIV 08821-750-3483/3777. ACS is looking for an English As a Second Language, ESL, instructor. Please contact Patty Pearce at DSN 440-3526/3777 or CIV 08821-750-3526/3777. The Chapel is looking for watch care volunteers during the week and on weekends. Please contact SGT Hirth for more information, DSN 440-2540 or CIV 08821-750-2540. As a spouse, have you ever helped to sponsor an incoming spouse or new family? Did you know that you can now apply as an official volunteer under the Spouse Sponsor volunteer job description in VMIS and earn community volunteer hours for your efforts? Contact Patty Pearce at DSN 440-3526/3777 or CIV 08821-750-3526/3777. Check out more volunteer opportunities by registering with or contact ACS for more information, DSN 440-3376/3777 or CIV 08821-750-3376/3777.

Do you know a community volunteer who should be recognized??? Nominate them for the Community Volunteer of the Quarter! Submissions for the next quarter will be accepted until Friday, 11 October. Nominations may be submitted for those who volunteered during the months of July, August, and September. For applications or questions, please contact Army Community Service at DSN 4403376/3777 or CIV 08821-750-3376/3777 or email

What does it mean resilience, and how to make it stronger for me and my Family? One popular definition of resilience is the ability to withstand, recover and grow in the face of stressors and changing demands. Resilience is the ability to roll with the punches. When stress, adversity or trauma strikes, you still experience anger, grief and pain, but you're able to keep functioning — both physically and psychologically. Resilience is not about toughing it out, being stoic or going it alone. In fact, being able to reach out to others for support is a key component of being resilient. Separations, frequent moves, being far away from family, and major life changes are just a few sources of stress individuals and families encounter. Some people do very well managing the unique demands of the mobile lifestyle. Many people are naturally more resilient with a remarkable ability to move forward during periods of high stress and recover well from traumatic experiences; for others though, it is much more of a challenge. Resilience won't make your problems go away — but resilience can give you the ability to see past them, find enjoyment in life and better handle stress. If you aren't as resilient as you'd like to be, you can develop the skills necessary to become more resilient to be a healthier, happier you and have a healthier, happier family. ACS offers monthly Resiliency Training on the 3rd Tuesday from 1130-1300. Contact Aimee Edwards-Hunter at DSN 440-3483/3777 or CIV 08821-750-3482/3777 for more information and to register.

AFAP, the Army Family Action Plan - getting feedback on what could be improved to enhance the standard of living and improve quality of life in the military community. Since inception, AFAP has reviewed 692 quality-of-life issues and resolved 520 of them while classifying 158 as unattainable. Additionally, the plan has been the driving force behind the enactment of 128 pieces of legislation and 184 Department of Defense and U.S. Army changes, while improving 208 programs and services. Without a successful ground-level AFAP program, the voice of Army customers is silenced and senior leaders lose essential situational awareness of what is and is not working in their communities. Do you have a quality of life issue that may affect individuals throughout our military? Submit it as an AFAP issue! Local issues will be solicited until 4 October for this year's Local Army Family Action Plan Conference, 13-14 November. Please submit your issue online at: Conference support, in addition to community delegates, is needed. For more information on AFAP or how you can get involved, contact the AFAP Manager, Meghan McAndrew, at DSN 440-3376 or CIV 08821-750-3376.

Newsletter sep 26  
Newsletter sep 26