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March 30, 2011

Security guard saves man using CPR By John Reese


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Opinion & Editorial

Bavarian News

March 30, 2011

Commanderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Message

Children are focus in April Gruess Gott! In addition to the sun making a triumphant return to the skies over Bavaria, we have several reasons to celebrate this month. Throughout April weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll honor our smallest community members, our children, during the Month of the Military Child. We will also get the word out to increase awareness on child abuse and alcohol abuse in our community.

Month of Military Child Commander, U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Col. Vann Smiley      Michael Blass DSN 475-8103, CIV 09641-83-8103 Managing Editor Jeremy S. Buddemeier DSN 475-7113, CIV 09641-83-7113 Assistant Editor Amy Zink DSN 475-7775, CIV 09641-83-77775 Grafenwoehr Correspondent Molly Hayden DSN 475-8886, CIV 09641-83-8886 Garmisch Correspondent John Reese DSN 440-3701, CIV 08821-750-3701 Schweinfurt Correspondents Joy Chalmers, Charles Stadtlander, Nathan Van Schaik DSN 354-1400, CIV 09721-96-1400 Hohenfels Correspondent Mark Iacampo DSN 466-2398, CIV 09472-83-2398 Ansbach Correspondent DSN 468-1600, CIV 09811-83-1600 Advertising: Retail advertising        

e-mail: Address: U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Public Affairs Attn: Bavarian News Unit 28130, APO AE 09114 If you have newsworthy ideas or stories to submit, coordinate with the managing editor at 475-7113, or email mil. The editorial deadline for articles and announcements is noon on Tuesday, the week prior to the publication date. Publication dates can be ,+*)(' &%' $$$#"! +"#(#' ' ')& ' decision on whether content will run rests with the managing editor. All editorial content is the responsibility of the U.S. Army Garrison &,)$+'* !',,&!','#' The Bavarian News is an authorized publication for members of the Department of Defense. Contents of the Bavarian News are not necessarily %'+,'!& '!$'+,'+')(+('' the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Army. The Bavarian News is published every two weeks by Werbeagentur und Verlag Roswitha Lehner, a private '"' !)' )+' $&' +))%(' $!%' %' U.S. Army under exclusive written contract with U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr. The newspaper has a printed circulation of 9,000. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use, or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, martial status, !& ' &)(!&' + !%!& ' &,' !& tion or any other nonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Army or Milcom Advertising Agency of the products or services advertised. Water Tower art by Dane Gray

The Month of the Military Child is an opportunity for us to focus on the needs of our children while recognizing %"' ,+' %!' +*&' &!'' &)(' continued resilience. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll kick-off the month the morning of April 4 with an opening ceremony !)' "' +,'#' +' !)!,' %' &!+)' commitment, I, along with one child from each Child, Youth and School Services program, will sign a Month of the Military Child Proclamation. Throughout the month Parent Central Services will host a free football clinic (April 2-3), a shopping and skating trip to Kaiserslautern (April 8), a "+!'"&()'' ('%!'! ''&)(' even an express trip to Italy (April 20). Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll close the monthlong extravaganza with a community-wide Kinderfest Celebration at Rose Barracks, April 30. For more information on these and +%'  !%!)' )%' %!' "+)%' '!'

to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Happeningâ&#x20AC;? section on page 8 or contact Parent Central Services at DSN 475-6736 (Main Post) or 476-2760 (Rose Barracks), and check the community newsletter for more updates.

healthy environments where their children can thrive, but also seeks to reduce stressors that can increase the risk of child abuse and neglect. For more on these and other pro&"' +)%&%' +*' +& '  ' +,'' (Main Post 475-8371 and Rose Barracks 476-2650).

Alcohol Awareness Month

Child Abuse Awareness Month

While celebrating the diversity and contributions of our children is important, as a community we also need to take a step back and ensure weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re taking the proper steps to protect them. Child abuse has no place in our Army, and the stress from repeated deployments can take its toll in many forms. I encourage parents and families to take advantage of the numerous programs Army Community Service provides. Programs such as the Family Advocacy and New Parent Support can give families and those new to parenting the tools they need to bolster their resilience and channel stress in healthy ways. The New Parent Support Program is designed to strengthen parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; knowledge and skills so they can provide

Starting tomorrow, the garrison begins the â&#x20AC;&#x153;That Guyâ&#x20AC;? campaign. The campaign seeks to raise awareness and reduce binge drinking. While I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect the community abstain from using alcohol, knowing when to say when before embarrassing yourself and possibly hurting others is critical to everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safety. Do the community and yourself a favor and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be that guy. For more on Alcohol Awareness Month, visit the interactive website at or contact our Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program prevention coordinators Irma Vasquez (Main Post) at 475-8520 or Patricia Tooson (Rose Barracks) at 476-2498. Vielen dank again for all you do to make this community great!

Col. Vann Smiley Commander, U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr

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Committee resolves quality of life issues I often say you can read about history or make history. This year, the voices of Soldiers, civilians and families that have contributed to the AFAP process were heard and history was made at the )%'  ' )& ' ,'' %!)'

+""!%%' (' %' '%' $ ' +,'  ruary. Senior Army leaders and program representatives from across the Army resolved 17 of 40 quality-of-life issues making great strides in support of our wounded warriors and families. These !*' +!!)& ' !()%!'(' '  ' representatives at the unit or installation level will make life better for Soldiers, their families and civilians for years to come. *& !'(' $+*)((' $&!+' +' & plicants now receive greater visibility in the federal government hiring process. Major accomplishments include the integration of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran Resume Inventory ( into the Army recruitment process and the designation of human resource specialists as veteran employment coordinators. To learn more about this issue, visit the Army OneSource website at and search for issue number 617.

validation by this month. Wo u n d e d warriors will )'%' ,+"' the availability of standardized respite care for their caregivers through Tricare and VA (issue number 630) and through the establishment of the Army Wounded Warrior Support Network (issue number 632). The AWWSN is a support program that connects severely wounded, injured and ill Soldiers and their families to a network of resources in the local community.

Items completed

Three initiatives were completed in the family support category. These initiatives provide for more affordable child care to those who need it the most (issue number 566), Tricare coverage for children up to age 26 (issue number 632), and a policy revision that requires Initial Military Training Soldiers with exceptional family members to receive new assignment instructions if the OCONUS travel approval &*%+!%'&')+%')+%!'('%' + (!' Traumatic Brain Injury of the availability of EFM services 30 Through issue number 610 we have days prior to the Soldierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduation expanded treatment for Traumatic Brain (issue number 639). Injury patients. Traumatic Brain Injury Ten of the 17 issues resolved were )!)'!()%!'&%!+)'%&%")%'&)(' designated as unattainable due to rerehabilitation services are now in place source or legislative constraints. Alat each Army Medical Treatment Fa- though the AFAP recommendations cility. To date, TBI programs at 40 fa- were unattainable, progress was made cilities have achieved full validation, 10 on many of the issues. An example of have achieved initial validation and the this is the increase in administrative and remaining programs will receive full PCS weight allowances for grades E1

Was denkst du? (What do you think?)

â&#x20AC;&#x153;My wife. Being an Army spouse is not that easy. ... My wife has to be both mother and father.â&#x20AC;? Sgt. Jesse Jackson HHC, 3-66th Armor Regt.

Looking ahead

The Army will continue to work the issues, but the Army Family Action Plan is your program. I encourage you to learn more about the AFAP process by visiting the Army OneSource website at familyprogramsandservices/familyprograms/armyfamilyactionplan. From here you can follow the progress on issues that are currently being worked by selecting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Active Issue Searchâ&#x20AC;? at the bottom of the page and then search by issue number or by keyword. The website also allows you to submit a new issue directly to your garrison or commandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AFAP process and provides AFAP brochures, articles and videos to download. You can also download the â&#x20AC;&#x153;HQDA AFAP Issue Searchâ&#x20AC;? application for free on your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. My next article in this series will review the 16 new quality-of-life issues  '( &%'!()%!'('&'!)'%' most critical and our need as an Army +""*)!%'%+'!()%!,'!),'!)%' redundant or obsolete family programs so we can redirect those resources to where we truly need them.

Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch Commander, Installation Management Command

By Jacey Eckhart

Sometimes I think I ought to be wearing a blue gingham dress and sparkly red shoes. Between Michelle Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appearance on Oprah and the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new initiative on military families, I feel like the wizard has been dragged from behind the curtain and forced to pull the good stuff out of his bag. There are initiatives for military mental health, homeless veterans, suicide prevention, predatory lending, day care centers, education initiatives ... So why do I suddenly feel like Dorothy clutching her dog at the end of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wizard of Ozâ&#x20AC;?? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got this wistful little look on my face. I am so happy for families of those who have served in serious combat who have a better chance now of getting what they need â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they are so deserving. And yet I know there is nothing in that black bag for me. I am one of those hundreds of thousands of military spouses who click along the yellow brick road just passing for normal. My problems arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dramatic enough to deserve government attention. Granted, I am carrying the 50-pound pack of loneliness around during deployment. I am patting and soothing my children while they profoundly miss their father. But still I know that nothing in the wizardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $8.8 billion sack of family programs for housing and medical care and mental health care and daycare centers that is going to soothe that kind of personal, low-grade, habitual ache. Nothing in that package is aimed at reducing the number of deployments our service members must take on. Nothing in that package reduces the number of moves families must undergo. I think of that young wife I met in San Antonio who submitted 80 applications before she got a job interview. Not a job. Just an interview. Most of all I try to focus on the idea that Oz never did give nothinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to the Tin Man, that the Tin Man didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t already have. Why? Because I am a Dorothy, damn it. Eventually, if I am in military Oz long enough, I am going to learn that I do have the power to get what I want most. Do you? Do you have a heart? One of the things that powers military families is the love they have for one person in uniform. Do you have the nerve? The trend in deployments is that they will be coming quicker and completed by fewer people. That ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t no joke. Finally, are you the home? Military spouses are asked to be home base for an entire family. Without )'%' +,' +&' +'  %)((' family or longtime friends, spouses &' %('%+'+ ('&''"')%',+' their service member, their children, for themselves. We are asked to be a Support Group of One and there is no program to make you that person. There is no aid to get you through another long Sunday afternoon. Instead, we Dorothys are standing on our own two feet, in our sparkly red shoes, making ourselves believe and believe.

Celebrating Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month

           â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mom because of her determination and struggle to live.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;My wife because she believes in promoting growth and participation in the community.â&#x20AC;? Carl Sevier Contractor

to E4 and E7 to E9, establishment of a hardship-based increase to PCS weight allowance, and 500 pounds of spouse professional weight allowance. To learn more, visit our website and search for issue 457.

Spouse can identify with Dorothy

Marie Vigue Family Member

Robin West Family Member

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mom, she was a military spouse and single parent when dad was gone ... and a strong proponent of education.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;My wife and daughter. My wife is supportive and takes care of the homefront. My daughter knows what she wants and is out there taking it.â&#x20AC;?

Sgt. 1st Class Chad Wise HHC, 2-28th Inf. Regt.

March 30, 2011


Comedian cuts up crowd at the Zone Davidson brings unique experiences, laughs to Hohenfels Story and photos by

Mark Iacampo

USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs

-.-1021,+ 5*)('&%+ $+  median Tommy Davidson had the audience roaring as he shared his unique perspective on everything from waiting in line at the super(') *++*(' *++' *&*+#+*+ packed crowd at Hohenfelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Zone, March 12. No stranger to military audiences, Davidson has been touring bases around the world for the past 18 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (the military) a world in itself, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad to be a part of it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I get a lot of appreciation everywhere I go.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The military people are just glad to get a break,â&#x20AC;? said Davidson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I go around the country working these comedy clubs, people paid their money, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re there with their drinks and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Make me laugh.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; But I get here and people are like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Man weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just glad to see you!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? The crowd was certainly glad to see him, giving the comedian a standing ovation at the end of his act. After the show, Davidson stayed signing autographs and taking pictures with fans.

Bavarian News


Being normal can be scary By Olivia Bourke

USAG Grafenwoehr Army Community Service

Sometimes, doing the things we really love is lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best therapy. This is true for Taylor Cross, co-director of *++ (+0)(' +* *+')*+ * + Taylor Cross and his mother Keri Bowers started the journey into creat&+"++ (+!' +&+ +#*&+)""+ #'"+' &+'++" ++ (+)"*+ his freshman year at Chaminade High School in West Hills, Calif. This 10-minute short transformed &+ '+  + *&+ (*&')%+ + (+ â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Living Colorâ&#x20AC;? star Tommy Davidson performs for a packed house at Hohenfelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Zone, March 12. that journeyed into the lives of 65 â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the things thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impres- dual backgrounds, so I can identify Germany, as well as Japan. children and teens, diagnosed with /*++*#++#+'%"+!*)*+*+ autism spectrum or Aspergerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s synsive about the military is it brings with a lot of different people, and I together an eclectic mix of Ameri- think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what did it for my com- earthquake. And I was in Egypt just drome. Normal People Scare Me ofbefore the revolution. Now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here, fers viewers a glimpse of what is not can life,â&#x20AC;? Davidson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I actually edy.â&#x20AC;? It also allows his audience to re- I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to happen when *&+ """*+ &+ *)')*,+ + (+ )+ think the militaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good social example of what Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like. Every late as he seamlessly jumps from the I leave, just watch out,â&#x20AC;? Davidson medical research; the life of living base you go to, everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from Indian shop manager routine to the joked. with autism or Aspergerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s syndrome Davidson made his mark as a cast and what â&#x20AC;&#x153;normalâ&#x20AC;? really is. Normal different backgrounds, different difference in white and black dancmember of the hit comedy series is scary. states, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all working for ers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I laughed so hard my sides hurt,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Living Color,â&#x20AC;? working side by one cause.â&#x20AC;? How often do we label someone Davidson understands different said Michelle Hicks, kindergarten side with Jim Carey and the Wayans because of their rank, marital status backgrounds. Adopted at 18 months teacher at Hohenfels Elementary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I brothers. or age? The same is true with a disâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just glad we can get enter- ability. Cross deconstructs the labels by Caucasian parents, the African- couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even take a breath before I American comedian faced racism was laughing again. All those differ- tainers of this caliber here,â&#x20AC;? said of his diagnosis and those of his inHicks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great when they terviewees by discussing what their ent voices, he was just amazing!â&#x20AC;? from both sides of the spectrum. Hohenfels was the last stop on a can bring a show like this to a small lives are like and uses real-world â&#x20AC;&#x153;It kind of formed my view of thing,â&#x20AC;? said Davidson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gave me tour that included bases throughout base like ours.â&#x20AC;? experiences and emotions that are universal to all people to show how much we have in common and how little the label of â&#x20AC;&#x153;disabilityâ&#x20AC;? does for society. We have used disability labels as a way to view people, when in reality, that label is prohibiting us by Molly Hayden Exceptional Family Member ProUpcoming EFMP events from seeing the incredible individual Staff Writer gram Manager Jay Velis, Army ComI was by myself. that is right in front of us. munity Service, encourages enrolled  EFMP Free Bowling Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure When watching â&#x20AC;&#x153;Normal People family members to contact the orga543210/.1-4,+5*)('&%+$+ April 6, 4-6 p.m., Rose Barracks nization for information on facility Scare Me,â&#x20AC;? it is hard not to see oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s After her 8-year-old son Thatcher how I would Bowling Center, Bldg 2201. accommodations. own propensity to label individuals suffered debilitating brain trauma â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want any members to with disabilities or to see someone from a bicycle accident, Angela have juggled it  EFMP Cooperative Hour assume we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help them,â&#x20AC;? said through that lens. When interviewing Deeseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life changed drastically. She April 7, 12-1 p.m., Main Post, all otherwise. Velis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have wheelchair ramps one child, Cross asks, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do you like was living overseas, drowning in docfor both bowling alleys, exercise Bldg. 244, Second Floor, Room 219. having autism?â&#x20AC;? What transpires is a torsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; appointments and physical therAngela Deese ('&*"+ '+ *+ +&*""+ *&*)+ + ' Join other EFMP family members revelation far more moving than you apy, and her husband was deployed. Family Member commodate those with physical limi- for lunch to discuss everyday chal'&+ )*')*+ %)"* + ),+ + '(+ +&*,+ She had two young girls to care for tations, special events just for our lenges and how EFMP can assist in but sometimes it is hard for other in addition to her ailing son, but soon people.â&#x20AC;? found out she was not alone, thanks agnosis and family members in need (*(!*)"+ $+ '&+ + #*+ &+ '*+ meeting your needs. EFMP staff will Another interesting piece of the to the Exceptional Family Member of specialized treatment, therapy or what they need, we can explore our be available to coordinate the group and answer all your questions. We options to accommodate.â&#x20AC;? + (+ "+ &+ "+ #'&+ *+ &'))' counseling. Program. Support groups are also available encourage you to bring your lunch tives of children and teens living with Whether a child suffers from a Through EFMP, Deeseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband the diagnoses of autism or Asperg#'"+ '! *+ + +%+ (*+ &+ *(*)*&%+ mild case of asthma or requires spe- to connect family members by giving and enjoy the refreshments provided. erâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, but seeing what their families, leave a few days after the accident. cial education for autism, EFMP will them a mechanism to discuss every â&#x20AC;&#x153;Normal People Scare Me,â&#x20AC;? friends and educators are experiencWhen he returned to Afghanistan, guide military families toward the day challenges and offering advice to aid EFMP in meeting all participantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   

ing as well. So often we hear about however, EFMP continued to support support they need. April 8, 3:30-5 p.m., Rose Barmedical diagnosis but we do not When a Soldier is authorized an needs. Free bowling and movie passDeese through the long process of know what that translates into for a rehabilitation for her young son. The overseas assignment and elects to es are additional incentives enjoyed racks ACS, Bldg. 322. This is a compelling documentary familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daily life. program provided information on serve the accompanied tour, the ac- by families. If EFMP cannot meet the needs + (+'+')*"+*+ *++ )*&+ Seeing the everyday, and somemedical facilities within the commu- companying exceptional family times incredibly personal stories, of a nity and offered free respite care for members must be screened and en- of any family member or feels the with autism and their interviews of mother or father raising a child with her two younger children so Deese rolled in the program prior to PCSing. family would be better suited for con- how it is living with autism. This is a autism or Aspergerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will surely alter and Thatcher could travel to his nu- This screening consists of medical re- venience of medical attention else- great autism awareness documentary your frame of thinking, not just about merous appointments. cords review for all family members, where, Soldiers may be eligible for for parents, children and professiontheir diagnosis, but of childrearing â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was extremely helpful,â&#x20AC;? said and developmental screening for all a compassionate reassignment. Al- als wanting an insight from children and growing up and surviving in our Deese. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was by myself. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure children six years of age and younger. though this was an option for Deese, with autism. world today. Going to a mall or starthow I would have juggled it all othAdditionally, Soldiers are respon- she decided to stay in Grafenwoehr.  Birth to Age Three Workshop â&#x20AC;&#x153;We found we had everything ing high school are things we take erwise.â&#x20AC;? sible for keeping their EFMP enrollApril 12, 3:30-5 p.m., Rose Barfor granted, but what does that look EFMP is a mandatory enrollment ment current as exceptional family we needed medically to properly like for a family with autism specprogram that works with other mili- member (EFM) conditions change or care for Thatcher on and off post,â&#x20AC;? racks ACS, Bldg. 322. Find out what is available to trum? Watching the parenting stratetary and civilian agencies to provide at least every three years, whichever said Deese. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you are stationed overseas, the military community be- children with special needs within gies, successes, failures and uncanny comprehensive and coordinated com- (*"++)" resiliency of these families, children munity support, housing, educationThe EFMP program remains dedi- comes your family fast. We have all this age group. The early years are a critical time for children in their deand teens is an experience everyone al, medical and personnel services cated to keeping up with the changes the support we need right here.â&#x20AC;? For more, contact EFMP repre- velopment; learn about the various should be a part of. to families with special needs. These and needs of the 1,200 members curFamilies, professionals and comneeds range greatly and include phys- rently enrolled in the Grafenwoehr sentatives at 476-2881 (Rose Bar- services available in our community. racks) or 475-8371 (Main Post). (&%+ (*(!*)"+ '  *+ '&+ !*&*++ ical, emotional or a developmental di- footprint. )(+"++ (++"+&+& %+'&+* cational experience, but it is a chance for people to come together and see that we are capable of as individuals and communities once we stop to USAG Grafenwoehr a community-wide campaign. Awareness Campaign Commitquestion what â&#x20AC;&#x153;normal,â&#x20AC;? really is. The judging of studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; art tee was developed as the result Public Affairs News Release will take place April 5 and win- of a recent Youth Well-Being ners will be announced in the Working Group monthly meetVILSECK, Germany April 13 issue of the Bavarian ing in which it was determined $+5)'*&#*)+( ')%+( News. that students should be promunity youth (grades 6-12) *+ +)"+  '*+ #&&&+ vided the means to share their will have an opportunity to dis- poster will be duplicated and knowledge on healthy alternaplay their artistic talents in an used community-wide for sev- tives to using drugs with the upcoming poster competition. eral months as a continuation to community. As part of proactive efforts educate the community about Committee members are by the Grafenwoehr commu- the risk associated to abuse of Nancy Nolin (ASACS CliniPhoto by Nick Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amario nity to address issues of abuse OTC. cal Supervisor), Irma Vasquez Other posters created by (ASAP Prevention Coordina- Vilseck High School junior Sharon Albright, 16, of over-the-counter, or OTC, medications containing Dex- students will be on display at tor), Sonya Jordan (Director- works on a colorful poster as her art teacher, tromethorphan (DXM), the Rose Barracks and Main Post ate of Emergency Services Community Awareness Cam- shopping centers during the re- supervisor of investigations) Kevin Anglim looks on. Anglim also coaches paign Committee is encourag- mainder of April. and Nick Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amario (USAG the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s junior varsity and varsity girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ing local youth to assist it with The DXM Community Grafenwoehr Public Affairs). soccer and cross country teams.

EFMP provides support for community

Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; art says no to DXM

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9th Engineer Soldiers re-enlist at famous bridge in Remagen By Charles Stadtlander

USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

Military training and environmental protection: A surprisingly successful partnership By Michael Beaton JMTC Public Affairs

The concept of â&#x20AC;&#x153;win-winâ&#x20AC;? is widely understood to be a typically American way of making compromises. The idea is simple enough: both parties profit and succeed from working together and a spirit of understanding for each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals. And if one wanted to point to the best example of a win-win partnership it would be hard to find a better example anywhere in Europe than at the Grafenwoehr Training Area (GTA) in the German Oberpfalz. The Grafenwoehr Training Area is a major U.S. Army installation spread over 88 square miles of forests and wetlands, with a local sustained population of approximately 10,000 Soldiers, 16,000 family members and 5000 U.S. and local national civilians. The Grafenwoehr training area began as an installation for training soldiers of the Bavarian Army over 100 years ago, and today is the largest U.S. Army training area installation outside the continental United States as well as the largest NATO training area in Europe. Ecologically speaking Grafenwoehr is one of the richest and most beautiful training areas under U.S. Army stewardship worldwide. In fact, it is so large and has been in use so long that within its borders are many endangered species that are protected by by German and European law. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The primary and most important function of the GTA is the training of Soldiers. Some might think that training and protecting the environment are contradictory or at odds with each other; but actually the opposite is true,â&#x20AC;?said Manfred Rieck, chief of the Environmental Division at the Department of Public Works (DPW). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because of the programs that have been set up in Graf, and the way U.S. and German agencies work together, we have one of the best environmental protection programs of any region in Germany. We work together closely with host nation and U.S. organizations like the Federal Forest service (Bundesforst), the state water and nature boards JMTC Range Control and the Integrated Training Area Management Office, better known by itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ITAM acronymâ&#x20AC;?. Balancing the needs of Soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; training and protecting the environment requires constant monitoring and communication between the agencies, the command and the public - something that the Grafenwoehr Environmental Division does exceptionally well; better than any other U.S. Army installation overseas. In 2010 the U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr was recognized by the Secretary of the Army for having the best environmental program of all U.S. Army installations outside of the U.S. Grafenwoehr DPWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Environmental program is inclusive of every member of the community and consistently engages Soldiers and civilians of all ages with an on-going series informational campaigns and materials that promote public awarness and participation in its programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making Environmental Protection Easy!â&#x20AC;? is the DPW Environmental Divisionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motto and besides their mission and activities within the training area they regularly provide environmental awareness training to the community on topics such as energy, soil and water conservation, recycling, hazardous waste disposal and the individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsibility towards the environment. These topics and many others will be showcased during the 2011 Grafenwoehr community Earth Day celebration on 12 May.

For more information on DPW programs and events, publications, and environmental policies and programs in the Grafenwoehr Community visit us on the Internet at


Photo by 1st Lt. John Brooks

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Deployed Forces

March 30, 2011


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Bavarian News

March 30, 2011

Netzaberg Elem. principal gets slimed By Rhoda Wilner

Netzaberg Elementary School

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GRAFENWOEHR, Germany â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Socks on and socks off, boots on and boots off â&#x20AC;Ś and so it went as the 650 enthusiastic students saw the story â&#x20AC;&#x153;Froggy Gets Dressedâ&#x20AC;? acted out by nine of their very brave teachers. The event was the kick-off to the second annual Netzaberg Elementary School Read-A-Thon. Students were challenged with the task of reading for 150,000 minutes, outside of school, in just 10 days. Individual class winners will get to â&#x20AC;&#x153;play pilotâ&#x20AC;? in the helicopters on our U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr air$*1%#"* As if this incentive was not enough motivation, students were hoping to reach this goal so that Principal Barbara Mueller and Assistant Principal Kathleen Smith would be slimed! The students exceeded the goal, reading an amazing 186,284 minutes.

Corrected W-2 forms

Because of deployment issues, sometimes income is not precisely calculated until March or April. Many people in Katterbach and Illesheim areas are seeing corrected W-2s for 2010 income. This means that people who $*%1#*&1-(*&/01 *1/(%-1(*-,*&1* season may have done so with the wrong information. The Tax Center requests that residents in these areas check their My Pay accounts to see if their W-2s have different information than their tax returns. If this is the case, please contact your local tax center to amend your return.

Garmisch Briefs Ski Austria

April 2: Jump on the Ski Bus Express for St. Anton, Austria, featured in Warren Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new movie and about every other ski movie since the 1930s. Do not miss it! Cost: $79 (includes weekend equipment rental) or $12 for the bus only, space available.


April 5: Pieces featured include a piece by the contemporary composer Wolfgang Rihm, and Brahmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The German Requiem.â&#x20AC;? Cost: $12 for transportation, tickets from 5-53 â&#x201A;Ź.

Pool & Gorge

April 9: One of the most beautiful natural attractions in this area is the Partnachklamm. Learn about the 1936 Olympics and see the ski jumping stadium. After an invigorating walk through the gorge, visit the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest swimming pool, the Alpspitze Wellenbad. Cost: $28 for both, or $7 for only Partnachklamm or $22 for pool.

Munich/Third Reich

April 15 & 17: An overview on Friday eve, then on Sunday taking the 8 a.m. train to Munich where we recreate the Bier Hall Putsch of 1923, visit the site of the Munich Accords and explore other places associated with the Nazi movement. Extremely interesting, like 10/.-,-,+*/,*)('/,*'/&&%1$*1%#"* Lots of walking all day - wear comfortable shoes. Cost: $35.

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April 16: Enjoy a therapeutic, relaxing, calming, and exhilarating time, with lots of good fun at the water park. Cost: transportation $15; park entry cost about 38 â&#x201A;Ź.


April 20: Belliniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Normaâ&#x20AC;? with Edita Gruberova in the title role. Cost: $12 for transportation, tickets from 9-100 â&#x201A;Ź.


April 22-25: Enjoy a guided daytime tour Saturday and a fair amount of free time, plus a special guided tour of the Franz Kafka museum. Departs at 4:15 p.m. Cost: $370.

Venice & Verona

April 29-May 16: On Saturday, visit Venice with its great art and architecture, pigeons in St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Square, gondolas and good food. On Sunday, it is off to Verona and a tour of the Romeo and Juliet city with the great Roman Arena. Cost: $290 (museum entrances, food, public transportation extra).


May 27-30: Visit a true Renaissance jewel and birthplace of Raphael and Bramante. See the Ducal Palace, commonly regarded as one of the best structures from the Renaissance period. Visit Perugia, home of wonderful chocolate confections, &/1*-,*&1*./+,-$*1,&*-1 */,#* see the wonderful architecture. Cost: $475, $150 deposit due by April 15. Unless noted, all FMWR events meet at the Pete Burke Center. To register for the events contact the staff at the Pete Burke Community Center, DSN 4402638, CIV 08821-750-2638, or email us at Garmisch.FMWRodr@ The Pete Burke Community Center also provides space available transportation to and from the opera house for those who just want the evening in Munich. Cost: $12.

Graf/Rose Barracks Briefs Dog park opening

Join us at the grand opening of the Rose Barracks Dog Park, April 1, at 10 a.m. The dog park will be located off Soldiers Road, across from Little Mike Lake. The park is in a fenced area where dogs can play and exercise off-leash. It is a controlled environment where dog owners take responsibility for their dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions while allowing them to

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MOMC celebrations

Come celebrate with the community at the following Month of the Military Child events:  April 2-3: 2011-CYSS Sports is hosting Free Football Clinic, 2-4 p.m. Open to Youth ages 10-14.  April 8: CYSS Youth Center Shopping/Skating Trip-Kaiserslautern.  April 19: CYSS School Age Center Movie Madness Field Trip  April 20: CYSS Youth Center-Italy Express Trip; and CYSS 2nd Annual Block Party 2:30-4:30 p.m.  April 21: Netzaberg School Age Center Mega Play Day Trip; and Rose Barracks School Age Center-Bowling Extravaganza  April 30: CYSS Community Wide Kinderfest Celebration. (Rose Barracks School Center Bldg. 2237) from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more or to register, contact USAG Grafenwoehr Parent Central Services at: DSN 4756736, CIV 09641-83-6736 (Main Post) or 476-2760, CIV 0966283-2760 (Rose Barracks). Or stop by in person: Main Post Bldg. 244, Suite 117, hours: 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; or Rose Barracks Bldg. 224 1st Floor, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Online registration: https:// grafenwoehrcyms.html.

Lend Me a Tenor

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this hilarious show, which runs April 1-2 at 7 p.m., and April 3 at 2 p.m. at the Grafenwoehr Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased at the door for the following prices on the night you wish to see the show: $7 adults; $5 under age 18; $15 family pass. Please note: This show contains adult content and may not be appropriate for children under age 17.

Estate claims

Anyone having claims on or obligations to the estate of Pfc. Kalin Johnson of A Co., 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, should contact 2nd Lt. J. Wesley Sparks, summary court./(&-/%*$*1(*/&* * * or mil.

AWG meeting

The U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group recruiters will visit Grafenwoehr to conduct (1()-&-,+*'(-1$*,+ *!(-%**/,#* 7 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., at the Main Post Education Center, Bldg. 538, Room 4. To learn more information about AWG opportunities, visit us at or call DSN 312-733-5366.

Hohenfels Briefs     Beginning March 23 Camp !%'1(&  *,(./%*&(/$**/& tern will change. The change will have an effect on all permanent tenants in Camp Albertshof. Albertshof will be split in half with fest fencing. Emergency Services, contractors, civilians and Army personnel that need to access Camp Albertshof West (FOB Rushmore) will need to use the bypass ()&1*&/&*-%%*'1*-#1,&-$*1#*-&* signage. To access Camp Albertshof East (FOB Sharana), personnel will use the open 5 corners gate, -*-%%*'1*-#1,&-$*1#*-&* signage. The 5 corners gate closest to the MRX vehicle yard will be locked.

MOMC celebration

April is the Month of the Military Child. CYSS and Family and MWR facilities will be holding events and specials throughout April to celebrate and recognize the children and families of the military. Below are just a few of the events to look forward to:  April 1: Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fest, kicking off the month with a party. Stop by the School Age Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gym /,#* (& *$*1%#*'1&11,**"."* to play games, make crafts, win %*(/*1*(-1 *+1&*)(*/1* painted and so much more.  April 6: Spring crafts at the Library from 2:30-4 p.m. April 8: Parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Night Out and middle school and high school lock-in.  April 13: Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performer Debbie Clements, 10-11:30 a.m., at the AAFES Theater. Get more information on these events by calling Parent Central Services at DSN 4662080 or e-mail hohecysinfo@eur.

In memorial

Hohenfels Middle High School regrets to announce the passing of a beloved colleague and teacher Robert DeLonge. DeLonge taught in the DoDEA system for over 35 years. He was a business and career practicum teacher at Hohenfels Middle High School since 2004. He was a driving force behind the Future Business Leaders of America at Hohenfels Middle High School and across DoDDS Europe. A memorial ceremony was held March 11 at 4 p.m. in the high school gym.

Garage Sale

April 2: PWOC wants to help with your spring cleaning. Bring

unwanted clothes, toys, electronics, furniture, etc. for the free garage sale at the HMHS Great Hall. Drop off items on April 1 from 3-8 p.m. or April 2 from 7-8 a.m. Shop for free on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Leftover items will be taken to a Christian Mission in Hungary. For more e-mail Shawn Harris at or call CIV 09492-600-906.

Total Mom

April 4: Total Mom is a 11* 1.-,/(*,*$*,#-,+* balance, support and spice in the relationship with your partner. Learn about self-care strategies, achieving personal goals and much more while increasing your ,$*#1,1*/ */*.&1(*/,#*/* woman. Attend one or all of the presentations from 9:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11:30 a.m. at the Hilltop Meeting Center, Bldg. 6. For more information or to register, call Nicole Ceterski or Heather Bruce, New Parent Support Program Coordinators, at DSN 466-4073/4323. Free childcare may be available.

Library Open House

April 5: April 4-8 is National Library Week and the Hohenfels Turnbull Memorial Library will celebrate with an open house on April 5. Stop by between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a tour of the library, refreshments, free DVD and video game rental and unlimited book check-out. First 50 people will get a surprise.

Trip to the Black Forest April 9: Visit one of the most unique places in Germany, the Black Forest. We will visit the city of Triberg, where we will view the largest waterfall in Germany, the museums of the area and shop for the cuckoo clock of your choice. Remember to bring your VAT form. Bus will depart Hohenfels from ODR, Bldg. H15, at 4 a.m., and will return at 11:30 p.m. Cost is $69 per person includes transportation and city tour. Seating is limited. Call to reserve your seat today. You may also visit our website located at https://webtrac. to sign up and pay for your trip. For more information call DSN 466-2060, CIV 09742-83-2060.

Celebration of the Arts

1%1'(/&1*&1*/(& */&*&- *$*( &* annual event Saturday, April 9, at the Hohenfels Community Activities Center. This collaboration between the Hohenfels Community and Spouses Club and the Eagle Scout leadership service project of a local Boy Scout will raise money for the Schwartz Fine Arts Foundation and community welfare and scholarship grants.

Schweinfurt Briefs Spring Bazaar

The Schweinfurt Community & Spousesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Club partners with Family and Morale, Welfare & Recreation to present the muchawaited annual Spring Bazaar from April 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 at the Finney Fitness Center. The shopping runs 10:30 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 p.m. on Saturday; and 11 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. on Sunday.

ODR rock climbing

Challenge yourself physically and mentally as Schweinfurt ODR takes you to the famous Hoehengluecksteig in the Frankenjura Mountains. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be safely strapped in to a harness, so leave your fears at home. The one-day trip leaves at 10 a.m. on April 2 and costs $25 per person for equipment and transportation. Preregistration is strongly encouraged. Stop by ODR on Conn or call DSN 353-8080, CIV 09721-96-8080.

Askren Clean Sweep

This surging community initiative gathers dedicated volunteers, Askren residents and otherwise, to spend an hour or two sprucing up Schweinfurtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest housing area. Take pride in your community, join the movement by meeting in front of the Commissary April 2 at 9 a.m.

Hiking in the Rhoen

Enjoy a leisurely hike in the Rhoen Mountains and a refreshing beer from the Kreuzberg Monastery with Schweinfurt Outdoor Recreation. This oneday trip leaves at 9 a.m. on April 9 and costs $12 per person for transportation. Bring euros for refreshments and souvenirs. Stop by ODR on Conn or call DSN 353-8080, CIV 09721-96-8080.


The Schweinfurt Newcomers Awareness Program for Spouses is a monthly program that runs (*&1*$*( &*)%%*11**11(* month. It educates spouses (newcomers and long timers are both welcome) about German society, from shopping to hospitals to travel and much more. The allday classes are free and child care is available. The next class runs from April 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8. Advance registration is mandatory. Stop by ACS on Ledward or call DSN 354-6933, CIV 09721-96-6933.

Weight Loss Support

This valuable community resource meets once a month on Tuesdays in the Ledward Library. The next meeting is April 5 at 5:30 p.m. and will offer nutrition education, healthy eating tips and support from other members.


March 30, 2011

Bavarian News


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Dr. Christoph Pinzl displays a variety of roasted barleys and explains how the type and roasting        

A display shows the old method of harvesting and processing hops. The backbreaking work was done mostly by women, and the best hops are female.



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March 30, 2011

WTU gives to Czech orphanage By Jennifer Walsh Cary BMEDDAC Public Affairs

VILSECK, Germany â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The holiday season may be over, but the spirit of giving is still alive at the Warrior Transition Unit in Vilseck. A group of volunteers made up of wounded warriors, staff and spouses loaded up a bus with donations and took off to spend the afternoon with children from the DD Plana Orphanage in Plana, Czech Republic, March 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The children we met at the orphanage came from various disadvantaged backgrounds,â&#x20AC;? said Capt. Marcelle Pasion, WTU nurse case manager who coordinated the trip. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We saw this as an opportunity for everyone who participated to experience social, emotional and physical growth with the various activities we shared with them.â&#x20AC;? This was especially true for the warriors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many times they (warriors) get so bottled up with their healing thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of outside things that can affect them,â&#x20AC;? Pasion said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By taking them out of that environment it helps them relax, to know everything is OK and to enjoy everything with the children.â&#x20AC;? According to Pasion, the WTU collected donations for a couple of months and what started out as three or four small boxes turned into huge boxes of donations for the kids whose ages range from 3 to 24. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are about 27 children there and they love everything from sports to Bath and Body Works to hip-hop to make-up,â&#x20AC;? Pasion said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got tremendous donations and I want to thank the people who gaveâ&#x20AC;Śeverybody gave

Photo by Sgt. Michael Mattice

Rachel McHaney, a Warrior Transition Unit-Vilseck spouse, helps a child at the DD Plana Orphanage create a new work of art, March 4. something.â&#x20AC;? Donations included: clothes, shoes, toys, school supplies, sports equipment and even an electronic keyboard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donated a keyboard because there are two kids that play piano,â&#x20AC;? said Sgt. 1st Class Brett McHaney, WTU platoon sergeant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It actually shows you the keys. The keys light up for the song you want to play.â&#x20AC;? There was a language barrier, but everyone

found a way to communicate through the art of playing. Some helped the smaller children create works of art and others relied on the universal language of sports. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to play basketball because they play a lot of soccer,â&#x20AC;? McHaney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So we showed them what to do.â&#x20AC;? Although the day was about giving back, McHaney said he thinks the warriors also gained something from the trip. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that with wounded warriors, things are always given. We give our time, we give our attention and I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re learning how to do that back,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was an opportunity for them to give back and see how it affects the people who are receiving.â&#x20AC;? Capt. Ryan Putnam, the WTU commander, couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for the warriors to keep engaged in service as they heal and transition because this is what our institution is about,â&#x20AC;? Putnam said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are warriors, but we are also guardians of freedom who serve to maintain peace and we do this in a number of ways â&#x20AC;&#x201D; primarily through community involvement and active participation in the lives of others who may be in need.â&#x20AC;? Overall, Pasion said the trip was a success and they were humbled by the children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was unexpected to see the meaning of joy seen in their smiles, the appreciation of each child and the numerous hugs some of us received when we left,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a wonderful experience and most of us would like to return.â&#x20AC;?

Help available for Traumatic Brain Injuries Dizziness, balance problems, changes in vision could be signs of TBI By Joanne Hsu

U.S. Army Public Health Command (Provisional) March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. Brain injuries, specifically Traumatic Brain Injuries, are major health concerns in the military. Twelve percent of troops, about 320,000, returning from Iraq and Afghanistan reported experiencing TBI. #"!        to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Concussionâ&#x20AC;? is also used to describe TBIs. Symptoms of TBI include headaches, dizziness, tiredness, trouble concentrating, forgetting things, irritability, balance problems, trouble sleeping and changes in vision.     from being aware of TBI and its symptoms because it is easy for TBI to be overlooked by a doctor. This could be because brain injury symptoms may not be apparent until weeks or months after a traumatic event. This is especially true with closed-head trauma where there are no visible effects such as bleeding or a broken skull. TBI is hard to distinguish from other emotional or behavioral problems such as post traumatic

Twelve percent of troops ... returning from Iraq and Afghanistan reported experiencing TBI. stress disorder or depression. There are still many unknowns about injuries to the brain as a result of blasts or explosions. According to the New York # #       (Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom) in which Soldiers protected by strong armor and rapid medical care, routinely survive explosions at close range and then return to combat.â&#x20AC;? Explosions or blasts are the leading cause of TBI for active duty military personnel in war zones. There are two major things Soldiers and their families can do about TBI:

Know the signs and symptoms of concussions and see a doctor if symptoms continue for more than three months.

Keep the Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center phone number (1-800-870-9244) nearby. DVBIC can answer

Websites with useful information Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center TBI_Awareness.pdf

University of Washington TBI Model System


New York Times

questions Soldiers might have on TBI or direct Soldiers to medical providers.

Protect yourself

For deployed Soldiers, here are tips on how to protect against brain injuries:

Wear a helmet or other appropriate head gear when on patrol or in other high-risk areas.

Wear safety belts when traveling in vehicles.

Check for obstacles and loose

debris before climbing/rappelling down buildings or other structures. Maintain clean and orderly work environments that are free of debris. Be aware of what is on the ground around you at all times when aircraft rotors are turning. Use care when walking on wet, oily or sandy surfaces. Employ the buddy system when climbing ladders or working at heights.

Prevention key to avoiding tick bites and disease By Catherine Gehrau Katterbach Health Clinic

How to remove a tick

Grasp the tick with tweezers as close to your skin as possible and with steady motion, pull the tickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s body away from your skin. Clean the skin with soap and water. Throw the dead tick away in the household trash. Do not be alarmed if the tickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mouthparts remain in the skin. Once separated from the body, the mouthpart can no longer transmit disease. Watch for signs of illness such as a fever or rash, which may occur seven to 14 days after the bite. If these develop, see your health care provider.

KATTERBACH, Germany â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way around it, tick season is here. As a resident of Bavaria, there are three things you should know; how to prevent tick bites, how to remove a tick and what your vaccination options are. #       to know your enemy. Small but dangerous, ticks are the carriers of many diseases such as TickBorne Encephalitis, better known as FSME in Germany. Ironically, the tick itself is usually not infected with the virus. Instead, it transports the virus to humans and animals such as dogs. The peak periods for ticks are April to November. To prevent getting a tick bite, cover your arms, legs and ankles and use insect repellant on ex-

posed skin, socks and outer clothing. Also, pay attention to your environment. Walking through the woods or areas with heavy undergrowth, camping or working in forested areas are just some of the areas where a tick bite may occur. You should always examine your body and clothing for ticks after spending time in rural or forested areas. Ticks found should be removed as soon as possible. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re bitten by a tick, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible that you could develop Tick-Borne Encephalitis. About two-thirds of the people who contract the virus experience a mild illness that may last up to a week. One-third of patients who contract the illness may experience more serious complications such        spinal cord. However, there is a vaccine that can help prevent con         The vaccine, which does not

immunize against Lyme disease, is available in Germany for adults and children 3 years and older. In high endemic areas, the vaccine can be given to children as early as 1 year of age. Vaccine protection starts as early as 14 days after the second injection. This protec        people under the age of 60. For people more than 60 years old, protection lasts about three years. As with most immunizations, there are side effects of the vaccine, and if you have an egg allergy, you should not receive this vaccine. Talk to your health care provider for more information and a referral to a German provider. Information for this article was taken from the CDC and the Robert Koch Institute in Germany. Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Note: Catherine Gehrau is a registered nurse at the Katterbach Health Clinic.

shot of advice a

By Lt. Col. Stephen Linck BMEDDAC Want your health-related question answered? Send an e-mail to or post your question on our Facebook page at www. question may appear in the next edition of the Bavarian News.


Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve noticed that if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in the sun too long the skin on my face starts to get red and bumpy. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a sunburn. My skin feels like scales. What is this and should I see a doctor? V/r, Scales in Schweinfurt

A: Dear Scales, Linck I received the follow-

ing response from Maj. Sunghun Cho, our dermatologist at the Grafenwoehr Health Clinic: There could be a few possibilities. You could have an existing skin condition that can get worse with the sun. Examples are rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis, which are characterized by easy skin         plexion. You could also have a minor allergic reaction to the sun, which is typically worse in the spring time and gets better into the summer (called polymorphous light eruption). The good news is that you can use sunscreens to combat the effects of the sun. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 35. Look for something that is â&#x20AC;&#x153;broad spectrumâ&#x20AC;? which covers both UVB and UVA. Sunscreen ingredients that are broad spectrum include avobenzone (also known as Parsol 1789), Mexoryl, titanium or zinc. If wearing sunscreen does not help your skin issue, I would talk to your physician.


My husband and I are thinking of having a baby when he returns from deployment. Are there certain things I need to do beforehand? Like blood work or other tests? Respectfully, Prepping in Pressath

A: Dear Prepping, If you have regular well-woman exams there

is very little I think you need to do prior to trying to get pregnant. First and most important is to take care of yourself by eating right and doing regular, moderate exercise. Walking 30 minutes a day is the minimum I recommend. Depending on what birth control method you use, I recommend you see your health care provider since there may be a delay from the time you stop birth control to return to fertility. Pregnancy is a natural occurrence so I personally donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recommend going overboard on blood tests. If you have a history of anemia, diabetes or a low-protein diet you should consult your primary care provider before trying to get pregnant. Folic acid is very important to fetal development so take a multivitamin or ask your provider to prescribe prenatal vitamins. Most important is to abstain from smoking and limit alcohol consumption. There is about a twoweek window where you could be pregnant and not know it. During this time is when the brain and spinal cord develop and the fetus is very susceptible to the effects of alcohol and nicotine. Involve your spouse and have fun with it. Many couples try too hard and the stress of not getting pregnant right away only confounds fertility problems. Reconnecting after deployment is        on each other so just be patient, have fun and let it happen.


Is it true that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not recommended to jog in the early morning hours when the temperature is below 0 degrees C? I read that when you jog and breathe in the cold air itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not good for your respiratory system. Thanks, Jogger in Jenbach

A: Dear Jogger, I hope your arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trying to get out of morning

physical training. Running in cold air sucks, but it is not bad for you unless you have an underlying health problem like asthma or bronchitis. Cold air can exacerbate these conditions and make it hard to breathe. If you have either, hit your inhaler before going on a run. The human body is an amazing machine. In your nasal passages are structures called turbinates. The purpose of the turbinates is to warm and humidify air before it enters the lungs. They             places like Siberia and Fort Drum, N.Y., without freezing their lungs. Sorry, this was probably not the answer you were looking for. If you need a shot of advice, e-mail your quesiton to Lt. Col. Stephen Linck at brmc-pao@



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March 30, 2011

Grafenwoehr DES offers Workplace Violence training larger scale, training for the staff, and would like to have the employees go through their emergency plan and Assistant Editor practice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is real-world training and it VILSECK, Germany â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The day  ' % ' #&$' ' ##' %' %' ' started like any other at the U.S. garrison. If weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re aware, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re capaArmy Garrison Grafenwoehr Rose ble of reacting better,â&#x20AC;? said Campbell. Barracks Fitness Center. Employees Young and Etchells said they are gathered around the front desk while available to train any organization waiting for a professional training on post. This includes private orgato begin, when a Soldier in uniform nizations, family readiness groups, !

''! & '%'$'' &' front door customer service faciliAs the shot echoed through the ties, schools and military units. Their gym, employees jumped with a look number one goal is to teach people of shock spread across their faces. how to keep themselves safe in an acâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the reaction I was hoping tive shooter situation. for,â&#x20AC;? said Sgt. 1st Class Lloyd Young Part of the training will be to of the USAG Grafenwoehr Directorteach you how to look â&#x20AC;&#x153;objectively at ate of Emergency Services, as he held the facility, wherever you are,â&#x20AC;? said up his pistol loaded with blank amYoung. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to focus on what to munition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once you hear that shot it do (in this situation).â&#x20AC;? gets your attention.â&#x20AC;? The training sessions start with Young and Sgt. 1st Class Sean a workshop and discussion of the Etchells were the trainers that the things to do, such as come up with % ' %$' ##'  $ ' $' a concrete plan and ensure all emwaiting for and he was there that day ployees are aware of the plan, how to conduct the second phase of the to notify emergency responders and Workplace Violence Training offered how to help customers. The second by the garrison DES. The focus of workshop is scenario-based, such as the training was to get employees in the training at the RBFC. Young and public and customer service arenas Etchells will take the time to look at to think about what would happen in Sgt. 1st Class Lloyd Young, U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Directorate of Emergency Services, the facility and guide the staff to posthe event a shooter walked into their conducts Workplace Violence Training, March 18, with employees at the Rose Barracks Fitness sible solutions for violent situations. facility. Center. The training was designed to help employees devise a plan to keep themselves and their The DES team also partners with, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hate to say it, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a mat- customers safe in an active shooter emergency within the workplace. and has trained, the German Polizei ter of if, but when this will happen,â&#x20AC;? and ambulance services. But, after a moment of brainstorm- &' '#'' &&$'

'$' Young said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The staff are the lead- Young said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why you need to â&#x20AC;&#x153;They respond to our emergenâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Run out that door!â&#x20AC;? Young said. ers in the facility. You have to be pre- have a plan in place to protect your- ing, they realized that everyday items â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s human nature to watch, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m tell- cies,â&#x20AC;? Young said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It helps if we all could be used to save their lives. self.â&#x20AC;? pared to react.â&#x20AC;? know each othersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; SOPs and emerâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Throw boxing gloves and weight ing you to run to the quickest exit.â&#x20AC;? Young stressed that anyone who After getting their attention in a Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Etchellsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; training gency procedures.â&#x20AC;? very effective manner, Young pro- % '    ' %' ' & %' - belts,â&#x20AC;? said Carl Boothe, RBFC sports Young said his training schedule ceeded to ask the staff if they had de- tion should think about their plans, programmer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll sting. All you need was well received by their students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was absurd in the beginning,â&#x20AC;?  ' $'  ' '  '  &'   ' vised an effective plan to react to a remain calm and use the tools avail- is that one second to get out of there.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It may buy you some time,â&#x20AC;? said said Avery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but, you think about it during the evening. He encourages able. Young asked the employees violent customer. and discover options, become aware organizations to contact him, or their â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would engage them in a calm what tools they had at their disposal Etchells. local garrison DES, to inquire about Young also suggested using air and strategize.â&#x20AC;? way. Maybe if I talk to them, they that could distract a shooter and get Carleton Campbell, RBFC facil- the training. For information, call will calm down and talk with me?â&#x20AC;? the attention off of themselves. At horns, whistles, throwing a heavy object into glass or throwing something ity manager, also believes that the DSN 476-4301, CIV 09662-83-4301 Claudia Avery, RBFC recreation as- $ ''$' &'&'% $ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trapped back there (behind into the eyes of the aggressor. He also $%%'  ' % ' &'  ' ##' or e-mail Young at lloyd.young@eur. sistant, asked Young. emphasized that you should not wait He is hoping to schedule a third, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not one right answer,â&#x20AC;? the desk),â&#x20AC;? one said hopelessly. Story and photo by

Amy Zink

 %' '$ ' !'%'%'$$&$ Community members can reduce the risk of acts of terroism through iWatch By USAG Hohenfels Installation Protection Cell News Release

HOHENFELS, Germany â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Terrorist attacks are not random events, but well-planned missions preceded by weeks or months of surveillance. Research has proven that vigilance is one of the most important aspects of preventing terrorist attacks. Do you know what indicators to look for? Do you know where to call? Do you know how to report? If you answered â&#x20AC;&#x153;Noâ&#x20AC;? to any one of these questions then read on. Conventional wisdom tells us that security is enhanced when the number of law enforcement and security personnel are increased at a certain location. But contrary to conventional wisdom, numbers are not always the best way to provide security. Rather, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the ability of security, law enforcement and the general public to recognize the indicators of suspicious activities and to report on those activities in a timely manner that is most effective. Numerous studies suggest that the single biggest contribution you can make to keep our community safe is to report suspicious activities. A recent research paper, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building on Cluesâ&#x20AC;? by Kevin Strom from the Institute for Homeland Security Solutions found that approximately 80 percent of thwarted terror attacks in the U.S. between 1999-2009 were the result tips called in by the public or law enforcement. Each accounted for 40 percent of thwarted attacks. It

sounds amazing to think that the general public is just as important as law enforcement in mitigating terrorist attacks. Preventing terrorism is a community effort and we depend on everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistance to keep our entire community safe. You are the one who knows best what does or does not belong where you live, work and play ('&%'&$'&##"!& ''%&%'' suspicious indicators are and reporting all observed suspicious activities ('&'$'%''##$%' This is where iWatch Hohenfels comes in. Our iWatch program is our installationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;tacticalâ&#x20AC;? detection that involves the entire workforce and residents keeping an eye out for one another. Information gained from iWatch is considered with other threat information from a variety of sources to produce a holistic view of the threat. Without your information about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in your areas, our threat picture is incomplete. Prior to executing an attack, terrorists conduct extensive surveillance and tests of security at multiple potential targets. These activities may span several weeks or even months. One small observed activity may be part of a much larger operation. These prestrike activities may also occur at off-installation locations frequented by Americans such as bars, restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions. They can be conducted by lone wolves or teams of operatives. Initial prestrike activities tend to be amateurish and can often be detected by an educated, alert and aware community. Our law enforcement and intelligence assets have limited resources, cannot be everywhere, and cannot see everything. One small observed activity may be part of a much larger &!$&%' &'%&'$'&'% %cant, if it looks suspicious, report it. While a single report may not

produce actionable intelligence, repetitive reports over several weeks or months may provide cumulative information that may yield actionable intelligence. For example: a single unauthorized vehicle turned away from an installation gate may not be terrorist activity. However, if the same vehicle and driver attempt unauthorized entry at multiple gates over several weeks or months or are observed conducting other suspicious activities around the installation, terrorist activity may be indicated. To be effective, everyone in our community, from the military member down to the children is an integral part of our iWatch program. To report suspicious activities call: Hohenfels Military Police: DSN 466-2812 or 114 CIV 09472-83-281 German authorities: 110 for police  '#&$'$   % 66th MI, Hohenfels: DSN 466-4781 Duty phone 0162-296-3851 Or e-mail iWatchhohenfels@eur. Be sure to include the date, time, and location of activity; number of persons involved; number and types of vehicles involved; type of activity observed; and describe what you saw or heard. For additional information on suspicious activity indicators please contact for a pamphlet on what to look for, whom to contact, and how to report. Please review the information in this article and the pamphlet and discuss with your families. Help keep our community safe.

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Lt. Col. Brad Eungard stands before the Soldiers of 172nd Support Battalion after taking command in Schweinfurt, March 9.

172nd Support Battalion gets new commander Story and photo by

Charles Stadtlander

USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

SCHWEINFURT, Germany â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lt. Col. Brad Eungard assumed command of the 172nd Support Battalion from outgoing commander Lt. Col. Kenneth Kelley in the Finney Fitness Center on Conn Barracks, here, March 9. The battalion took formation before a large crowd of Soldiers and civilians and for a short ceremony signifying the change of command. Lt. Col. Kelleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farewell to his troops was fond. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough to say goodbye to friends,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thanks to all my Soldiers, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve motivated me from day one.â&#x20AC;? Kelley led the battalion both while stationed in Schweinfurt and during a yearlong deployment to Iraq in 2008 and 2009. The incoming battalion commander Lt. Col. Brad Eungard is a distinguished military graduate from the Army ROTC program at John Carroll University and received masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degrees from both the Air Force Insti-

tute of Technology and the National Defense Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Joint Advanced $%'&& ' '$%' tary assignments include stints as the USAG Hohenfels S3, the 1-4 Infan$''&#$'%'&%# '%' '&#$'&''!'&manding general at U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. He comes to Schweinfurt with his wife, Gwendolyn, and their four children. After receiving the battalion guidon from Col. Edward Bohnemann, commander of the 172nd Infantry Brigade, Eungard passed the colors to battalion Command Sgt. Maj. Terry Burton, as dictated by tradition. Eungardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remarks were brief. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to tell the Soldiers in this great formation that it is a high honor to join you as we prepare to serve in harmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way. Gwen and I are excited to join the Burtons and to continue the tradition of excellence in support of the Blackhawks.â&#x20AC;? The battalion is set to deploy to Afghanistan in the middle of 2011 with the rest of its brigade.



Bavarian News

March 30, 2011

National Testing Center opens its doors at Rose Barracks Story and photo by

Shelley Caywood


Above: Christina Stone learns about Sir .-,,+*)('&%$#-*! -&*,'*'&*,$*(( ment in friction at Hohenfels Math, Science and Technology night. (&*, ,*,$*,(&*%+*,&&(&* to diagnose the SimMan at the Health $+#-*-,*,&*,& *+($+(*,$* Technology night.

Students discover practical applications of technology Story and photos by

Mark Iacampo


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hospitable winter, the tour is now being offered once a month as a joint effort between the garrison and the Joint Multinational Readiness Center. Announcements are posted 9&86!&: 9&;: 6&;40;-,: (.penings and the daily news briefs, and participants are -2%29;3:96:9&;:58,9:#: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We go in every type of weather, as long as the roads (8;:+*:,(23:".2, ;8# Spiszer recounted historical anecdotes ranging from War World II to Roman

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   Continued from page 4 stood-up to coordinate and synchronize C-IED training at JMTC, Oliver said. About 30 percent of the forces that support the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan are coalition forces, and of those more than 80 percent are from the U.S. European Commandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s area of responsibility. Last March, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates urged combatant commanders to develop concrete actions to assist coalition partners and enhance their counter-IED capabilities in the areas of equipment, training and technical expertise, and the Badger Team was just one of the initiatives to support the directive. Members of the Badger Team were selected based on Military Occupational Specialty, deployment history and special skills. For example, a member serving on the Defeat-the-Device Team would have specialized experience working with routeclearance equipment. =<;:987:96:543:29:1;068;:29:;/.-63;,+*: said Sgt. 1st Class Paul C. Burk, lead for the Defeat-the-Device Team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want Soldiers to know an IED can be anywhere. <;:9;('&:9&;%:96:9&24$:-2$;:9&;:;4;%7#* The Soldier learns to collect and preserve evidence, identify and exploit the enemyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vulnerabilities, and maintain an offensive posture, said Burk. Gathering evidence and performing forensics on the IEDs means U.S. and multinational forces can distinguish the good guys from the bad guys by tracing the source of the IED to a particular bomb-maker or organization. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about saving lives. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the bot96%: -24;+*: ,(23: "9(00: "!9#: ,: 89(36+: Defeat-the-Device trainer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would prefer to defeat the device before there is (:1-(,9#* Units have to collect evidence and perform forensic investigations to understand

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mented a multinational Defeat-the-Device Route Clearance Patrol course in November, while also standing up the Badger CIED Training Team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A unique aspect of the JMTCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s U.S. and NATO training rotations is the participation of coalition forces, which further ;4&(4';,:9&;:98(2424!:;42864%;49+*:,(23: Celestine. =<;:(8;:'649;8:,.;'25'+:(43:9&2,: 2,:9&;:58,9:92%;::&(,:&(3:9&2,:'(.(bility. We provide individual and collective training and train trainers, so they can !6:1('$:(43:98(24:9&;28:64:429,#* Celestine said it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter what country students come from; both U.S. and multinational forces learn to identify the same visual indicators of an IED and how to react to a suspected IED. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is in concert with NATOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ini92(92;: 96: ;,9(1-2,&: (: '6%%64: ,9(43(83+*: said Marine Major Don Meek of NATO in Brunssum in the Netherlands. â&#x20AC;&#x153;JMTC is one of many organizations trying to con98219;#* For more information about JMTC training see Check out the JMTC Training Journal at Training_Journal/TJ%20WINTER%20 2010-2011.pdf.

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it helps a Soldier understand where an insurgent might put 9&;%:,:(43:&7#* Units stationed in the region have already integrated the McMCIT into their training schedule, Feazelle said. The McMCIT provides training in four basic languages, English, Polish, Bulgarian and Romanian. The additional language capabilities allow multinational Soldiers from those countries to train on the device. Last year Secretary of De-

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did, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing things equal to if not better than we did that day, and maybe they just havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been recognized 068:29#* After 18 years in the Army, and three combat deployments, Lacrosse said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking forward to being able to spend more time with his wife and three children here at 6&;40;-,# â&#x20AC;&#x153;For my family, it was time to go someplace where I at least knew Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be in Germany 068:9&8;;:7;(8,+*:,(23:('86,,;#: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be at work, but at least Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here where if they want to see me, they can come ,;;:%;#* At the same time, though, Lacrosse acknowledges a desire to return to combat and his fellow Soldiers. =;: 1;;4: 724!: %;3;(': since 2002, so I have a lot of medevac experience. I would love to go down there and be with those guys and pass my experience onto them. I have friends down there right now and I think sometimes that : ,&6-3: 1;: 29&: 9&;%+*: (crosse said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But being here, I get to pass on my experience to the units that are going downrange. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy knowing that I can at least train them here 1;068;:9&;7:!6#*

18th CSSB honored for German war graves donations     

taled 775 euros, for which they received a silver recognition plaque at the ceremony. REGENSBERG, Germany â&#x20AC;&#x153;This donation from the : %;82'(4: "6-32;8,: 086%: 18th CSSB is absolutely great. the 18th Combat Sustainment It is a big sign of respect for Support Battalion out of U.S. the victims and a sign of comArmy Garrison Grafenwoehr 8(3;,&2.: (43: 082;43,&2.+*: ,(23: joined German service mem- (,.(8:;'&;8+:(4:605'2(-:29&: bers, current and retired, and the German War Graves Carlocal civilians at an awards ing Association. ceremony here, Feb. 24. The German War Graves They were all gathered to Caring Association is a Gerhonor the 2010 donations from man humanitarian organizathe Bavarian region to the Ger- tion that registers the German man War Graves Caring Asso- war dead abroad and ensures ciation donation fund. these names are updated and The 18th CSSB â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warham- monitored. %;8,*:(8;:9&;:64-7:068;2!4:%2-The association supervises itary members to donate to the public and private sites, supGerman fund and have been ports international cooperation doing so since 2009. and advises relatives on war Their 2010 donation to- grave care. 18th CSSB Public Affairs

AER: Army helps its own Last year, U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr donated more than $93,000. This year, the campaign runs through May 15 and the goal is $90,000.

For more information and to donate, contact Christine Nunez at DSN 475-8432, CIV 09641-83-8432 or e-mail mil.

Bavarian News 2011-06  

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