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u.S. army garrison–Main Post (grafenwoehr) / Rose Barracks (Vilseck)

COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER

Check for updates on community news, information and events at: www.grafenwoehr.army.mil

9 March 2011 The German-American club

Events Calendar for Grafenwoehr Kontakt Every Monday: 7 p.m., Bowling at the Grafenwoher Bowling Center. Every Wednesday: 7 p.m., Stammtisch at the Clubhouse 16 March: 7 p.m., Meet for a friendly game of Kegeln (German Bowling) at the Grafenwoehr Sportpark. Jalisco's Mexican Restaurant, Am Waldbad 4, 92655 Grafenwoehr. 13 April: 7 p.m., Dinner and conversation at Koh Samui Restaurant Im Markwinkel 1, 92655 Grafenwoehr For more information, Call CIV 09641‑83‑7878, DSN 475‑7878 or email.

Events Calendar for Vilseck Kontakt Every Friday: 7 p.m., Stammtisch at the Clubhouse If you are interested in participating in one of the events, please register with Daniel Koenig or sign up with the Vilseck Kontakt Club at the website by filling out the Mitgliedsantrag (Member registration form). The KONTAKT program, established in 1969, brings American service civilian employees and German citizens Readmembers, all aboutfamily it in members, your community newspaper. Your together to provide opportunities to learn each about other’s countries and community,cultures your while gaining friendships and having fun.


Community Highlights Special programs, updates, community campaigns, classes and more

Army Emergency Relief program Kicked off 1 March and runs through 15 May: AER provides emergency financial assistance in the form of no-interest loans or grants to Soldiers, as well as tuition assistance for Family members. In 2010, AER provided $69.7 million in financial relief to 62,000 Soldiers and their Families. Funding for the program comes from voluntary donations by Soldiers and civilians, plus investments made by AER. For more, visit the AER website or contact Ms. Christine Nunez, DSN: 475-8432 or email.

Annual Overseas Housing Allowance Utilities Expense Survey 1 – 31 March: This survey is intended for all military personnel who reside off-post in privately leased or rental housing under the OHA program and in-country (Germany) for six or more months. Homeowners should not take this survey as historically their expense data is different from renters upon which this program is based. The survey is currently available here. Additionally, Service Members will receive an e-mail Notification from the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) with the direct link to the survey. WHY IS THIS SURVEY IMPORTANT? Every year DTMO conducts a survey to identify how much Service members spent during the previous year for utilities (e.g., electricity, heating fuel, water, trash removal, and sewer fees). The data from this survey is used to determine Utility Allowances, which are part of the Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA). Collection of rental data is not part of this survey. DTMO obtains rental data directly from the pay system. HOW DO YOU TAKE THE SURVEY? Service Members taking the survey are required to report the average monthly cost of utilities and routine maintenance from the past year. To complete the OHA utilities expense survey, Service members should have actual bills or records of their utilities and maintenance expenses. They will be expected to compute a monthly AVERAGE for each of these expenses. FOR MORE INFORMATION or questions please contact Randall D. Ries, DSN 370-3884, email or William Gordon, DSN 370-3888, email.

Tax season is here Go to http://www.grafenwoehr.army.mil/tax.asp for tax forms, FAQs, tax center info and more! Customers should bring all W-2 and 1099 forms, a social security number for each family member, and routing and account numbers from your bank for refunds. Soldiers, civilian employees and retirees can download wage and tax statements, Form W-2, from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service at www.dfas.mil. Most banks and investment companies will mail statements of interest and dividends, Form 1099, by the end of January. Taxpayers with complicated returns should take extra time to ensure that their documents are in order and should always have a copy of their prior year tax return available for their tax preparer. A tax return is complicated when it includes capital gains, rental real estate income or loss, foreign earned income or foreign taxes paid, or multiple state income tax returns. For more information, contact your local tax center: Main Post, Bldg. 216, DSN 475-9258, CIV 09641-83-9258 Tues through Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., walk-ins and scheduled appointments available. Rose Barracks, Bldg. 245, 1st floor, DSN 476-2714, CIV 09662-83-2714. Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m. (Closed daily noon-1 p.m. for lunch), walk-ins and scheduled appointments available. Please note: Tax Center still open during construction. Access to Bldg 216 available through Argonne Rd. Additional parking also available in Tower Inn Parking Lot.

Updated Community Bus Schedules at Main Post and Rose Barracks Effective as of 7 March: Updated schedules will apply for the community buses at USAG Grafenwoehr. Changes are not dramatic, but were necessary, among others for better interface with the train connections at Freihung and Vilseck. To avoid confusion, the new schedules are published on the garrison web page. For more, TMP Rose Barracks (476-2831) and TMP Main Post (475-8304).

Scheduled ESSO outage 13 March: The Army & Air Force Exchange Service has a scheduled system outage which will impact the ESSO Fuel Ration Card System for Germany on Sunday, March 13, beginning at 5 a.m. and ending at 10 a.m. Central European Time. Between these hours, customers in Germany will not be able to purchase fuel at Exchange gas stations or use their fuel ration card to purchase rationed fuel at ESSO stations off-post. Also, the Exchange will not be able to issue or replace


fuel ration cards, do balance/ration inquiries or add money to fuel card accounts. Customers should plan accordingly and fuel up and perform any card activities prior to the outage, or wait until the outage ends.

Free $$$ for college Deadline 15 March: Apply now for the Vilseck Community and Spouses Club Educational Scholarship Program. Graduating high school seniors, spouses, family members and all US ID Card holders are eligible to apply. Go to the VCS website and click on the Scholarship tab for applications.

Clothing and Sporting Goods Charity Drive 19 March: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Main Post Exchange. All donations welcome in support of the Grobes Ev. Waisenhaus Orphanage in Sulzbach-Rosenberg. Sponsored by the KINGZ Motorcycle club. For more, CIV 015152589586.

Bulk Trash Pickup for the City of Grafenwoehr, Gmuend and Huetten 21 March: Curbside, in front of your home. Bulk Trash has to be out on curbside NLT 6 a.m. Pick-up is provided by the local county. What will be picked up? Everything, that is too big or too heavy to go into the normal refuse container, such as: Furniture, mattresses, carpets, washing machines, dryers, radios, TVs, ovens, stoves, bicycles, strollers, and other items which cannot be dismantled, torn or broken down to a size that would fit in the regular refuse container. Each single item should be no larger than 80x40x32 inches and should not be heavier than 110 lb. Bulk trash consisting of metal (i.e. bicycles, washers, dryers, stoves, etc.) and electronic equipment (such as large appliances, small appliances, cooling devices, information & telecommunications including entertainment equipment) should be put out separately next to the normal bulk trash. What will not be picked up? - Normal refuse, recyclable material, Yard waste like cut grass, branches, etc... - Hazardous waste - Tires, car parts, batteries, wrecked cars, motorcycles - Doors and windows (with or without glass), laminated floor, rouleaus - Construction debris - Night storage heaters Pick ups will be performed in three steps: 1. Combustible material: like upholstered furniture, mattresses, rugs, etc... 2. Electronic equipment: i.e. TV, PC, printer, scanner, radio, VCR, DVD player, monitor, vacuum cleaner, refrigerators and freezers (no permission sticker required anymore), etc… together with Household Metal items: i.e. bicycles, ironing boards, washer, dryer, dishwasher, stoves (oil stoves and oil barrels must be totally emptied) etc… 3. Salvageable wooden furniture: (i.e. bed frame, wardrobe, chair, table, etc….) Smaller electronic appliances (i.e. hairdryer, toothbrush, telephones, drilling machine etc.) should be brought to the drop off point ―Company Bergler‖ in Weiherhammer, Etzenrichter Str. 2, Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. hour, CIV 09605-92090. Any material not picked up must be removed by residents. For more, call your SORT Office at DSN 475-6664. Note: Bulk Trash Pickup for Netzaberg will take place May 2.

Community Blood Drive 22 March: At the USO, Main Post Bldg. 150, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. To make an appointment go to www.militarydonor.com, click on "Donate Blood" then click on "Landstuhl,Germany.‖ Walk-ins are always welcome. Sponsored by USAMEDDAC-Bavaria and the USO.

Women’s History Month Workshop 23 March: “Our History Is Our Strength.” Join the community at the Tower Inn Conference Center, Main Post Bldg. 209, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., as we discuss nutritional health, suicide prevention, women’s health, financial readiness and resiliency. Please RSVP by March 18 as space is limited. Free lunch will be provided. For more, email Robin Blair-Johnson or call DSN: 475-6365, CIV 09641-83-6365. Event sponsored by the USAG Grafenwoehr Equal Employment Opportunity Office.

Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) Training Schedule 24 March: Main Post, Bldg 244 Room 123-1, Class 1, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Class 2, 1 – 3 p.m. 12 May: Camp Normandy, Bldg 3144, Digital Training Center, Class 1, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Class 2, 1 – 3 p.m.


For more or to register, DSN 475 – 6034 / 8881.

“Support our Youth” Scholarship Gala 26 March: 6 – 10 p.m., at the Tower View Conference Center. Event will include a scholarship give away, buffet style dining, guest speaker MG Byron Bagby and DJ entertainment. Tickets are $35 per person or $55 a couple. For more, Mr Anthony Mayne at 015115652982 or Mrs Sandra Boney at 015168892515, email. Gala presented by the Booker T. Alexander Consistory #117 in conjunction with Golden Gate Assembly #94.

GCSC 2011-2012 Scholarship Program Deadline 28 March: The Grafenwoehr Community and Spouses' Club is offering academic scholarship awards for the 2011-2012 academic years to senior students and family members (spouses and dependents). This is a tremendous opportunity for eligible military and civilian family members from the Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Netzaberg and surrounding military communities desiring to pursue a secondary education. Applications will be accepted until close of business on Monday March, 28 at u p.m. Scholarships will be awarded during the last week of April. Application forms and scholarship requirements can be found on the Scholarship page of the GCSC website. For more, contact George Linka, GCSC Scholarship chair at DSN 475-6108 or CIV 09641-83-6108 or email.

The Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG) Recruiting Team 6 - 7 April: 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m., at the Education Center, Main Post Bldg. 538, Room 4. The AWG is seeking senior NCOs and Officers for our Operational Advisor Teams with unique skills and possessing the following attributes to include operational/combat experience, capable of independent and small team operations, ability to assess complex situations and develop innovative solutions, excellent communication skills and desire to effect change to the Army’s culture. Operational Advisors (ASI U9) positions are available to active duty NCOs (SFC – SGM) and officers (MAJ –LTC). Our Operational Advisors are the center piece of the AWG. Staffed by seasoned warfighters and functional experts, these advisors become the “Center of Excellence” for innovative thinking and developing new tactics and countermeasures to defeat asymmetric threats. Operational Support and Staff (ASI U8) positions are available to active duty NCOs (SGT – SFC) and officers (CPT - LTC). Although our Operational Advisors represent the center of AWG, they cannot accomplish their mission without the hand-picked experts of our Operational Support and Staff personnel. To see if you qualify and to learn more information about AWG opportunities, please attend a briefings, visit online or contact the AWG recruiting team at 1-301-768-6159 or DSN 312-733-5366.

Calling all crafters 9 April: The Hohenfels Community and Spouses Club is looking for crafters to sell their handmade goods during an Art Fair. The event will take place in the Hohenfels Community Activities Center from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Interested artist may sign up or receive further information through email. Deadline to sign up is April 1.

2011 European Cyber Ball 22 April: Calling all Signal and Intelligence units: The 5th Signal Command will celebrate ―Strong Beginnings‖ at the 2011 European Cyber Ball at the historic Wiesbaden Kurhaus. Contact your unit POC for more information. Purchase your tickets now by logging on to the website.

USAG Grafenwoehr Spring Cleanup 9 – 13 May: Main Post Grafenwoehr and Rose Barracks military community members, to include off-post housing areas, will participate in the 2011 Spring Clean Up to improve the appearance of our community facilities, clean our areas of responsibility, and prepare for the upcoming summer. Spring Cleanup is Everyone’s Responsibility: All Soldiers, Civilians and Family Members will participate. This applies whether you live in government or governmentleased quarters, as well as at the work place. Areas of concentrated emphasis are homes, work places, and designated common areas Please help make this the best place to live and serve in Germany by sorting your trash and keeping our area neat and clean. 9 – 11 May: Housing areas and Soldiers’ quarters. Maximum participation of housing occupants is necessary to successfully execute this program. Soldiers will report to their Area/Building Coordinators to receive specific instructions for clean up. Sponsoring Units will also participate in their respective areas. Focus will be on the entire building (basements, washrooms, storage rooms, etc.) and a 50 foot perimeter around the buildings and the common areas. End state is a complete cleaning of housing buildings, common areas, and grounds.


12- 13 May: This is time for units, support agencies, and commercial establishments to clean their areas of responsibility. All agencies occupying facilities are required to participate in cleanup efforts. The Rose Barracks Recycling center to be open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. during this time. The Self Help Store will have tools and equipment available. Special materials required should be obtained from Self Help Store NLT 1-week prior to the Spring Cleanup (paint, topsoil, beauty bark, etc). Units will be able to pick up any required equipment NLT April 18. All checked out equipment must be returned to Self Help Store NLT 1 week after scheduled cleanup. Bulk Trash Pickup for the On-Post Housing, will take place on May 10 in Grafenwoehr and May 11 on Rose Barracks. Place items curbside, at designated locations (signs will be posted). Items to be picked up are as follows: Furniture, mattresses, carpets, washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, large TVs, ovens, stoves, bicycles, etc., and other items that cannot be dismantled, torn or broken down to a size that would fit. Refrigerators and freezers must be handled and placed with care so that the cooling coils will not get damaged. No material should be set out before 6 MAY or after 7 a.m. on Friday May 13. Pick ups will be performed in three steps: Please stack separated: 1. All metal items /like washers, dryers, bicycles, etc. 2. All other material /like mattresses, carpets, furniture, etc. 3. All leaves, green waste should be placed in Baskets/Containers or placed in clear trash bags so that the worker know it’s leaves and not refuse. Items that would fit in a normal car’s trunk, like microwaves, vacuum cleaners, computer- and stereo components, small TVs, etc. should be brought to the Grafenwoehr Landfill individually by the owner. The Recycling Center is located on Wilbur Road on Rose Barracks. Many items will not be collected including: Normal refuse and recyclable material (cardboard, paper, cans, glass, plastics, etc.) => individual bins – excess please take to Community Recycling Center! - Hazardous waste like batteries, oil, antifreeze, paint, cleaners, solvents, etc. => DPW Self Help Store (Bldg.394 # )! - Wrecked cars, car parts, motorcycles, engine parts, etc. => Take to separate container at Auto Craft Shop! For more, please contact your building or area coordinator, or call Grafenwoehr SORT Program DPW-O&M-UT, DSN 475-6664, Civ 09641-83-6664. 11 & 13 May: HAZMAT Turn-In Days: Hazardous Material Management Program, Turn-in of Unwanted Hazardous Material. Main Post, Bldg. G332A (Inside Bulk POL Yard), 8 a.m. – noon. Provides military units, organizations and agencies the opportunity to turn-in unwanted, excess or expired hazardous material in unopened containers in support of Garrison Spring Clean-Up activities. For more, DSN 476-2512.

2011 Voting Season All registered voters must revalidate their status with their registered voting states. Submitting an FPCA to their state local election official will register eligible voters to vote, update their mailing address with their state local election office, and request an absentee ballot for all state and federal elections to include primary elections. See your unit voting officer for a mail-in SF 76, or visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at www.fvap.gov for specific state information.

Quarterly Newsletter, The Dispatch The winter edition, published by the Defense Travel Management Office, is currently available online. The Dispatch aims to provide timely travel-related news and updates. Highlights include changes to U.S. Government rental car program, page 2; security issues when traveling overseas with mobile devices, page 4; travel trends - increase in airline fees, what may be reimbursable and what is not, page 7 and DTS training available, page 8 and 10.

Easter egg customs through customs Be aware when mailing Easter items through customs as they may be banned from import into the U.S. Regular chicken eggs and Kinder surprise chocolate eggs fall inot this category and bring fines for mailing. Additionally, Easter decorations are often banned from import to the United States because of the agricultural pests and diseases that they may carry. People should not ship or mail scenes that contain moss, bark, pinecones, untreated straw or other materials that may harbor insects or plant diseases. Non-commercial, manufactured scenes and other decorative items made with wood (no bark), that are processed can be mailed but are subject to inspection in the U.S. Findings of pests or plant disease on the items will result in them being seized. Contact your local U.S. Military Customs office or the EUCOM Agriculture Advisor for more information. For more information on the surprise egg ban, visit CPSC’s website.


Suicide Prevention Awareness Call the suicide prevention hotline number at DSN 475-LIFE. Visit our website for more on suicide prevention. Suicide prevention, sexual assault or just a friendly ear… you are never alone. Professionals are available to counsel you in confidence. Getting help is a sign of strength. 24 Hour Community Hotlines: Chaplain Hotline 0162-296-0838, Military Police Hotline 09662-83114, Sexual Assault Hotline 0162-296-0661 and Emergency Services 09641-83-117.

Worried about Someone’s Drinking or Drug Use? AL-ANON meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. Army Substance Abuse Center 3rd floor Conference Room, Main Post Bldg. 621 (near the bank). Only requirement is an alcohol or drug problem with a relative or friend. For more, CIV 0171-983-9151.

Share your thoughts Have a good experience? Share it! Impressed by the customer service you received? Share it! Have a suggestion? Share it! Have a concern? Share it! Suggestions and comments regarding Garrison products and services can be made on an Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) form by visiting the Garrison website or clicking the direct link. Leaving your contact information will ensure we can properly address your concerns. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to better serve you.

Find us on Facebook USAG Grafenwoehr, Army Community Service, VFW Tower Post 10692, MWR, Main Post and Rose Barracks Postal Service Centers, the EXCHANGE, AFN Bavaria, 172 Infantry Brigade, BMEDDAC, and 2SCR. Click on the link of the desired organization to access their Facebook page.

Army Community Services (ACS) Contact Army Community Services (ACS) Main Post, DSN 475-8371, CIV 09641-83-8371. Rose Barracks, DSN 476-2650 CIV 09662-83-2650. ACS is now on Facebook and Twitter (Follow GRAF ACS) or email graf.acs@eur.army.mil for info.

ACS Readiness, classes Employment Readiness GED Preparation Class: 3 & 8 March, 10-11:30 a.m., Rose Barracks Chapel, Bldg. 205. Need an extra boost preparing for the GED test? Free tutoring will be provided on all subject areas. Class is limited to five (5) participants. Please make your reservation in advance by calling ACS at DSN 476-2650 or CIV 09662-83-2650. 9 March: Non-US Citizen Employment Program, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Rose Barracks Bldg 322. 6 April: Resume Writing and Resumix, 1:30-2:30 p.m., USO Main Post, Bldg 150. 12 April: Resume Writing and Resumix, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322.

Financial Readiness 9 March: Investing 101: Basic Investing, 5 - 6 p.m., Main Post ACS, Bldg 244, Room 113. 16 March: Investing 102 & 103: Understanding Mutual Funds and Finding the Fund, 5-6 p.m., Main Post ACS, Bldg 244, Room 113. 7 April: Checking Account Maintenance, 1-3 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322.

Relocation Readiness 14-17 March: Newcomer Orientation Level I, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., pre-registration required, please call DSN 476-2650 or CIV 09662-83-2650. 21 March: Newcomer Orientation Level II, 9 a.m –5 p.m., pre-registration required, please call DSN 476-2650 or CIV 09662-83-2650. 18 March: Hearts Apart Program for Spouses of Deployed Soldiers: visit Regensburg, 9 a.m –5 p.m., preregistration required; please call DSN 476-2650 or CIV 09662-83-2650.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) 10 March: MOVIE BASH, showing Jack Black’s “Gulliver’s Travels,” 4-6 p.m., Rose Main Post Movie Theater. 17 March & 21 April: Free Bowling, 4-6 p.m., Main Post Bowling Center, Bldg 612. 6 April: Free Bowling, 4-6 p.m., Rose Barracks Bowling Center. 7 April: EFMP Cooperative Lunch Hour, noon-1 p.m., Main Post, Bldg 244, Rm 219


8 April: “Normal People Scare Me” 3:30-5 p.m. This is a compelling documentary depicting the lives of those who have Autism. April is Autism Awareness Month. Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. Have questions? Email EFMP directly.

New Parent Support Program Great Expectations 11, 18 & 25 March: 10-11:30 a.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg. 322. This is a crash course for parents. Learn about those funny symptoms, what to expect during labor and delivery, what will happen after delivery, and what to do when you get home with your new arrival, breastfeeding and much more. 9-10 a.m. is prenatal yoga!

Newborn Network Every Tuesday: 1-3 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg. 322. Every Thursday in March: 1-3 p.m., Main Post Library You are not alone. Join other new parents for coffee and tea to discuss the challenges of being a new parent. Registered Nurse and Lactation Counselor are available to answer all your questions. Network, have fun and meet friends.

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Every 1 Wednesday: Visit Weiden, meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Weiden hospital lobby th Every 4 Wednesday: Visit Sulzbach-Rosenberg, meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Sulzbach-Rosenberg hospital lobby.

For Parents with children ages 0 through 3 Every Tuesday: Playgroup, 9:30 - 11 a.m., Main Post Chapel Annex. Every Wednesday: Playgroup, 9:30 - 11 a.m., Rose Barracks Chapel.

Love & Logic 16, 23 & 30 March: For parent(s) with child(ren) 6 through 12, 12:30-2 p.m. Main Post Chapel Annex.

Family Advocacy Program Hotlines to help: Sexual Assault Reporting 09662-83-3217 and Domestic Violence 09662-83-3218. Please contact us for a complete listing of programs and services offered. 9 March: FOCUS GROUP, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. We are seeking individuals to participate in our Focus Group. Without you, we cannot improve our programs and services. Childcare and food is provided. 14-15 March: Resilience Training, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., CATC Rose Barracks, Bldg 355. Childcare slots available from February 21 through March 8 by visiting the website. 11 & 18 March: At Ease! Stress Management Session 3, Noon-1:30 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. Relieve stress and express yourself through art, journaling, and guided imagery while learning about the signs and symptoms of stress and how to manage it in your life. 1, 8 & 15 April: At Ease! Stress Management Session 1, Noon-1:30 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. Relieve stress and express yourself through art, journaling, and guided imagery while learning about the signs and symptoms of stress and how to manage it in your life.

Mobilization and Deployment Your ACS Mobilization and Deployment Program is now offering three different RESET Training sessions to help Families manage and embrace the changes that occur when our Soldiers deploy. These classes will help guide you to transition positively after the long separation and give you an idea of what to expect upon your Soldier’s redeployment. RESET covers everything from reconnecting and communication to tips on understanding children’s reactions to a Soldier’s return. Childcare vouchers are available at the end of each session. 23 March: Everyone’s Got an Opinion 9:30-10:30 a.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322, 14 March: Preparing to be Together 10-11:30 a.m., Main Post Chapel Annex 21 March: (Children & Reintegration) 10-11 a.m., Main Post Chapel Annex

Army Family Action Plan Do you like the idea that you have dental care available for you and your Family? You can thank the person who submitted an AFAP issue! Submit your issues by sending an email (include what the issue is, who it affects, and what solution you may have to the issue), or call AFAP at DSN 476-2237 or CIV 09662-83-2237.

Army Family Team Building 26-27 April: AFTB Level I, LEARN, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 221, Room 206. No one said Army life is easy! The AFTB mission is to educate and empower you as a member of the military community to develop skills that strengthen self-reliance, promote retention and enhance your readiness. AFTB offers three levels of classes; each will benefit you in your life, community and future. We are seeking for qualified instructors who can also


teach the levels of AFTB! What are you waiting for? Call your AFTB to get a schedule of all classes DSN 476-2237 or CIV 09662-83-2237.

Military Life Consultants are here for you Military Life Consultants provide solution-oriented consultations to individuals, couples, families, and groups. They are designed to provide anonymous, confidential support to Soldiers and their family members, especially those returning from deployments. To contact a military life consultant, call Rose Barracks 0152-0294-0761 or Main Post 0152-0293-4290 / 0152-0241-5226, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

ACS E-Newsletter Your USAG Grafenwoehr has launched a monthly E-Newsletter. Click here to access our up-to-date calendars, recipes, articles, helpful tips and information and much more! Add us on Facebook and Twitter! Want to receive our monthly E-Newsletter? Send us an email and we will add you to our list!

Volunteers and other help needed Patient Family Center Care looking for Advisors Volunteer position to promote a culture of excellence in the principles and practices of family centered care partner with staff in the area of quality improvement by exploring the clinic operations through the eyes of the patients and their families. Must be a red cross volunteer; complete the red cross training & orientation and have excellent customer service skills. Gain a detailed knowledge of the protocols and the multi‑faceted procedures implemented in the Grafenwoehr clinic For more, email Ms. Sharonda Garland.

Seeking Emergency Placement Care Providers The children in the USAGG need you. The Emergency Placement Care (EPC) Program trains individuals to become 24 hour providers for at risk children. The community is in need of more providers as the number of children in imminent danger increased due to the deployment rotation of family members. The training you receive will last you a lifetime and help you build your experience and resume. Call ACS 476‑2650 or 09662‑83‑2650.

Army Volunteer Corps Becoming a volunteer is easy and fun! Meet new people, network, gain experience and support your community. Do you manage volunteers? Are you an Organizational Point of Contact (OPOC)? If your answer is yes, we can teach you how manage and input your volunteer hours. Stop by your AVC office located on Rose Barracks, Bldg 221, Room 207. 16 March, 6 & 20 April: 10-11 a.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg. 221, Room 207.

Track and field coaches needed Vilseck High school is asking for volunteers to help coach their spring track and field team. We will need volunteer sprint and distance coaches as well as coaches for all field events. Practices run daily from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. If interested please contact Eric Mead or call 0151-506-35708.

Donations, volunteers welcome at Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop SPRING cleaning? Bring your gently used items to the thrift shop, Rose Barracks Bldg. 221. Additionally, the shop is in need of volunteers. Open 10am to 2pm Tues, Wed &Thurs. For more, DSN 476-2649, CIV 09662-83-2649.

Sports, Fitness, Hobbies & Recreation Child, Youth & School Services NEWS Family Child Care Openings Need childcare? Family Child Care Homes in Kaltenbrunn, Schwarzenbach, Netzaberg, Vilseck and Rose Barracks now have the following slots available: Full Time, Part Time and Hourly for ages 4 weeks to 12 years. If you are interested please contact Parent Central Services at DSN 475-6656, CIV 09641-83-6656 or DSN 476-2760, CIV 09662-83-2760. SKIESUnlimited offering Culinary Arts Classes for Youth


Ongoing: Join us - it’s fun! Classes offered at Rose Barracks Youth Center on Thursdays, 5-7 p.m. and at the Netzaberg Youth Center on Fridays, 5:15-7:15 p.m. for Youth ages 12-18. Cost is $70 per month and includes a take-home meal at the end of each class. Sign up at Parent Central Services online. Spring Sports Current: Registration is ongoing for T-Ball, Baseball, Softball, Soccer and Track. Fun, fitness and team spirit - let your kid be part of it! For more information contact Parent Central Services or register online.

AAFES Movie Listing ***Inquire within for a “Movie Card,” and gain stamps for admission and concession purchases. Receive a free popcorn combo after 9 stamps.

Main Post Wed. March 9

7 p.m.

Thurs. March 10

4 p.m. 7 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m.

Fri. March 11

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (PG) Gulliver’s Travel (PG) How Do You Know (PG-13) Gulliver’s Travel (PG) Season Of The Witch (PG-13)

Sat. March 12

Sun. March 13

7 p.m. 4 p.m.

Wed. March 16 Thurs. March 17

7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

Fri. March 18 Sat. March 19

Sun. March 20

6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m.

Hall Pass (R) Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (PG) Season Of The Witch (PG-13) Just Go With It (PG-13) Hall Pass (R) Rango (PG) The Dilemma (PG-13) Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (PG-13) The Fighter (R) Rango (PG) The Dilemma (PG-13)

Rose Barracks 7 p.m.

How Do You Know (PG-13)

7p.m.

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (PG-13) Just Go With It (PG-13) Hall Pass (R) The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (PG) Season Of The Witch (PG-13) Gulliver’s Travel (PG)

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Hall Pass (R) Season Of The Witch (PG-13) The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (PG) The Dilemma (PG-13) The Fighter (R) Rango (PG) Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (PG-13) The Fighter (R)

Mystery Book Club, Rose Barracks First Thursday of each month: This is an ongoing mystery themed book club for adults. We meet at 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in joining, DSN 476-1740, CIV 09662-83-1740.

Adult Book Club, “You can’t read that!” First Thursday of each month: Cold winter nights are the perfect time to get together, enjoy a cocktail if you’d like, and discuss banned books. Meet 7 - 8 p.m., in the Patton Fireside Lounge, Main Post Bldg. 209. No pre-registration required, cash bar available. For more, contact the Main Post Library at DSN 475-1740.

Leisure Travel Services Overnight Trips 17 - 21 March: London - See the famous historical sites London is known for. 18 - 21 April: Paris & Euro Disney - See Mickey and the city of Paris - all in one trip! Call DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402 for more information. Register online.

2SCR Homecoming Patchwork Banner Project Crafter wanted to assist in assembling a banner to welcome home all of our deployed (and fallen) soldiers. Contact Diana or search for us on Facebook at 2SCR Homecoming Banner Project. 21 March: Meet at Rose Barracks Bldg. 205 at 4 p.m. (next to the chapel) to make squares for our single soldiers and enjoy a potluck dinner. If you would like to help, please bring a dish and any extra fabric, paint, etc. that you may have to decorate with.


GCSC Thrift – Now Open! Back by popular demand, the Grafenwoehr Thrift Shop will reopen on March 1. Hours are Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Donations are currently being accepted and consignments will be taken beginning March 15. We are also looking for interested volunteers to help. Please contact Sheila at 09641-926-0377.

Fishing Course 18 - 20 March: Camp Algiers, Bldg. 2440. Participants must sign up through Outdoor Recreation prior to the start of class by calling DSN 475-7402 or CIV 09641-83-7402.

Java Cafés month of March Specialties Calling all coffee lovers – this month’s special is Irish Cream Latte. Also available, Hershey Royal, Kit Kat Kicker, Snickers Sensation and other flavors. Main Post Java Café Bar & Grill, Bldg. 612 (Bowling Center) and Rose Barracks Java Café, Bldg. 607 (Langenbruck Center). Free Wi-Fi in Java Cafés on Rose Barracks.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Local Events 26 March: Mardi Gras Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Theta Rho International Chapter, presents Annual Mardi Gras Scholarship Fundraiser, Kelly Club, Kelley Barracks, 2000-0200hrs, 289 Plieninger St., Stuttagrt-Mohringen. Event includes Social Hour, poetry Slam, Step Show, Party favors and Live DJ. 23 April: Talent Hunt Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Theta Rho International Chapter, presents the Annual Talent Hunt Program for High School Students, Patch Community Center, Patch Barracks Stuttagrt-Vaihingen. We are looking st nd rd for Musicians, Singers, Spoken Word and Dancers. 1 Place $400, 2 Place $250 and 3 Place $ 100. Trophies and Prizes for all Participants for Auditions contact Talenthunt@thetarhoques.com. For more information of both events, contact Mike Lambert 0151-2243-7559 or Mike Griffin DSN 475-9172.

Summer Hire Application accepted March 27 – May 22: The 2011 Grafenwoehr Summer Hire Program, which includes child care, clerical and labor positions for family members between the ages of 14 and 22, will run June 20 - July 29. For more, contact the Grafenwoehr point of contact, Pamela Kelly, at DSN 475-8801, CIV 09641-83-8801.

April sales at Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop April: During the month, sales include buy one stuffed animal; get one free and 50% off winter merchandise. Open 10am to 2pm Tues, Wed &Thurs. and Saturday Apr. 9. For more, DSN 476-2649, CIV 09662-83-2649, or email.

GCSC events Vegas Night is back 2 April: Vegas Night is coming soon and GCSC is looking for volunteers to help. If your private organization or FRG would like to help deal, run the Texas Hold'em Tournament, sponsor a table or donate an auction basket, please email.

VFW Tower Post 10692 monthly meetings Second Tuesday of each month: The Post will meet at 6 p.m. in Main Post Bldg. 505. Find Post 10692 on Facebook or call CIV 01628278035 for more.

Adult Education / Training Grand opening of National Test Center at Rose Barracks 10 March: Ribbon-cutting ceremony 10 a.m. at the Vilseck Education Center, Rose Barracks Bldg. 223. Join us as we celebrate the opening of the National Test Center (NTC) operated by University of Maryland University College. The NTC provides a great way to take college level tests and Pearson VUE exams close to home and receive results instantly. Open house with free snacks and refreshments. For more, visit the website or call DSN 476-2462.

Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification testing Application deadline 11 March: The Main Post Education Center, Bldg. 538, is accepting registration forms for ASE certification testing. Test dates are May 10 - 12. Choose from 40+ exams in diverse specialty areas. DANTES funds


three $28 exams per test cycle for Active Duty, Reserve, and Guard Soldiers. Upon passing at least one exam and accruing a minimum of two years of relevant work experience, you can earn ASE certification. For more or to obtain an application DSN 475-6787/6219 or CIV 09641-83-6787/6219.

The University of Oklahoma, course offerings Enrollment deadline 14 March: Comparative Administration at the Vilseck Education Center, 12 – 17 April. This course will analyze the political, legal, economic and cultural influences of administrative life and public policies in the U.S. as compared to other advanced industrial democracies. Special attention will be given to organization around the chief executive, both centrally and in departments and ministries. For more, Contact Area Site Director Benjamin Griffin at DSN 476-2069 or 475-7079 or email.

FAST Class for March 22 March – 1 April: Main Post Education Center, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Functional Academic Skills Training (FAST) provides Soldiers with instruction in reading, mathematics, and language skills and is an excellent tool to prepare Soldiers to raise their GT score. This class is a 60-hour long course and is limited to twenty students. For more information please contact Rose Barracks Education Center) at DSN 476-2753 or Main Post Education Center at DSN 475-6219/6786.

Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) All Classes by appointment only, to schedule call DSN 476-2055 or visit the website. Pre-Separation Briefing: Available daily: By appointment only. 22 March: Advance Resume Writing Class, 1 – 4 p.m. Rose Barracks Bldg. 355 CATC. By appointment only. 24 March: Federal Resume (Resumix) Writing Class, 1 – 4 p.m. Rose Barracks Bldg. 355 CATC. Appointment only. 5-7 April: Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Workshop, Day 1 & 2, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Day 3 8:30 a.m. noon. Rose Barracks Bldg 134 Mutli-Purpose Center. Appointment only. 9 March: VA and Disabled Transition Assistance Program (DTAP), VA 8 a.m. - noon, Disabled Transition Assistance Program Presentation (DTAP), 1 – 3 p.m., Rose Barracks Bldg. 134 Mutli-Purpose Center. Appointment only. 10 March: Interview Preparation, 9:30 – 11 a.m., Rose Barracks Bldg. 273 ACAP Center. Appointment only.

UMUC Europe Spring 2011 Session Registration Registration for ON-SITE (face-to-face) courses is available through March 20, with classes beginning on March 21. Registration for Europe ONLINE (distance education) courses continues from now through April 3, with classes starting on April 4. Students are encouraged to enroll early. UMUC is pleased to continue the popular book award program for session 2. Students can apply for a book award to offset textbook costs, including the $100 Orkand Military Book Award for enlisted servicemembers and the $100 Europe Book Award for spouses and family members of servicemembers of all ranks. For information, go to online. Field study courses provide students with an opportunity to travel and explore Europe while earning university credit. Two upcoming courses are Scotland: Culture, Literature, and History (ENGL 288I/388I) held in historic sites throughout Scotland and History and Culture of Naples (HIST 217F/317F) held in Italy. Both courses meet on May 15 - 21 and have a registration deadline of April 24. Visit our website or email for details. For more information, contact a local UMUC field representative, visit www.ed.umuc.edu, or contact UMUC Europe at DSN 314-370-6762 or CIV +49-(0)6221-3780. UMUC Europe is also on Twitter and Facebook.

Mandatory SAEDA, SETA, OPSEC and Anti-Terrorism Training Together with the 66th Military Intelligence Group, JMTC Intelligence and Security, and the United States Army Garrison Grafenwoehr (Antiterrorism and Security Divisions) will be conducting the quarterly community Subversion and Espionage Directed against the Army (SAEDA), Security Education Training Awareness (SETA), Operation Security (OPSEC), and Anti-terrorism Level 1 Refresher Training. 5 April: 9 – 11:30 a.m. (US employees) 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., (LN employees). Main Post, Tower Theater, Bldg. 620. 6 April: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., (LN employees), 1:30 – 4 p.m. (US employees). Rose Barracks, Post Theater, Bldg. 354. This training is a mandatory annual requirement for all DoD personnel including Military, AF/NAF (both US and LN); U.S. Contractor employees are welcome.

FAST CLASSES for April 18 – 29 April: The Main Post (Grafenwoehr) Education Center (Building 223) will be offering a FAST class, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Functional Academic Skills Training (FAST) provides Soldiers with instruction in reading, mathematics, and language skills. FAST class is an excellent tool to prepare Soldiers to raise their GT score. For more information please contact the Vilseck Education Center at 476-2753 or the Grafenwoehr Education Center at 475-6219.


Religious Grafenwoehr Main Protestant Service, Sunday School time changes Currently Effective: The new time of service will be 10:45 a.m. and Sunday school will begin at 9:15 a.m.

Lenten program Sundays, Now until Easter: The Catholic Community is offering a special season of spiritual renewal each Sunday after Mass at the Main Post Chapel Annex and Rose Barrack’s Social Hall after each respected mass. Take home your free book ―Rediscovering Catholicism‖ by Matthew Kelly and discuss the beauty of the faith. For more, contact Mr. Jeff Fox DSN 476-3696, CIV 0966283- 3696.

Ash Wednesday Catholic Mass 9 March: Rose Barracks Chapel, Bldg. 218, 12:05 – 12:45 p.m. and Main Post Chapel, Bldg. 142, 6 - 7 p.m. Protestant Service 9 March: Rose Barracks Chapel (small chapel) Bldg. 219, noon.

Bible Study, ongoing Sundays: 5 p.m. Hispanic, Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel. Tuesdays: 6:30 p.m. Gospel Congregation, Main Post Chapel. Wednesdays: 9 a.m. Hispanic Women, Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel, 6:30 p.m. Hispanic, Main Post Chapel, 6:30 p.m. Pentecostal Congregation Main Post Chapel, 6:30 p.m. Singles, Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel, 7 p.m. Hispanic Men, Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel. Saturdays: 10 a.m. Seventh Day Adventist, Rose Barracks small Chapel, 5 p.m. Hispanic, Main Post Chapel. Third Saturday of the month: 9:30 a.m. Evangelical Lutheran, Rose Barracks small Chapel.

New - Interdenominational Fellowship Sundays: Pentecostal Worship Every Sunday Evening 6 p.m. at the Vilseck Chapel with Pastors: CH (Ltc.) Paul Lasley & Rev. Richard Boettiger. Child care available. International ensemble of musicians will lead musical worship. For more, DSN 476-3346 or email. Please note: the hours of this service will change to 3 p.m. beginning Feb. 20.

Jewish Shabbat services Jewish Shabbat Services will be held the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Post Chapel Annex (across the street from the CMR/USO/Community Bank). Services are open to everyone, Oneg following services. For more info, contact Sgt. First Class Howard: 475-9664 or Cpt. Fastow: 475-7190.

AWANA Children’s Club Sundays: 3:30 p.m., Main Post Chapel Annex.

Meditation at Main Post Chapel Annex 1st and 3rd Monday, 6 p.m. Main Post Chapel Annex, 2nd floor. Instruction in meditation is available. All are welcome regardless of religious affiliation. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and arrive a few minutes early if coming for the first time. Chairs and cushions for meditation are provided. For more, contact through email.

Club Beyond HS Club– Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm (dinner at 5:45), Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel MS Club dinner – Wednesdays, 3:15 – 5 p.m., Netzaberg Teen Center Gym Bible studies and other events are scattered throughout the week/year. Ask for details. Club Beyond is always looking for parents and community members to volunteer. If you love teens and love God, talk to us about how you can help. For more, Aretta Zitta, Community Director, email, CIV 0160 9876 9678.

Do you need to speak to a Chaplain? After duty hours, please call: MP STATION CIV 09662‑83‑2490 or 09662‑83‑3397 / DSN 476‑2490 or 476‑3397.


USAG‑Grafenwoehr IOC CIV 09641‑83‑7226 / DSN 475‑7226. DUTY CHAPLAIN CIV 0162‑296‑0838. During business hours: Main Post Chapel: DSN 475-1570, CIV 09641-83-1570. Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel: DSN 476-1570, CIV 09662-83-1570.

Health & Medical, Red Cross, VET Corner Anger Management classes Every Monday until 18 April: 9:30 -11 a.m., Bldg. 140, Main Post Chapel Annex on the second floor, the Military Family Life Consultants (MFLC) offer anger management classes to anyone that is interested. It is by walk in only, no registration needed. The MFLC can be reached at CIV 0152-029-34290 or DSN: 475-1570 CIV: 0983-41-1570.

Art Therapy group at Behavioral Health Clinic Tuesdays: 1–2:45 p.m. The Main Post Behavioral Health Clinic is offering Art Therapy group. The class is for adults only and does not require art skills. Group will use art to address anger, stress, trauma, problem-solving, grief and loss. To register, call DSN 475-7152, CIV 09641-83-7152 or stop by the BH Clinic, Bldg. 507 on Main Post.

Tobacco Cessation Classes At the Vilseck Health Clinic beginning on the following dates: 29 March, 17 May, 12 July, 6 Sept., and 1 Nov. For more, please contact the Clinic Community Health Nurse at Civilian: 09662-83-2882 or DSN: 476-2882.

Medical inprocessing briefing Every third Wednesday: The Grafenwoehr Health Clinic hosts a medical inprocessing briefing every third Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. at the Main Post Theater. The briefing discusses how to access health care in the area and is open to all Soldiers and family members enrolled at the Grafenwoehr Health Clinic.

Gastric Bypass Support Group 30 March: The support group will meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third floor conference room of the Main Post Library adjacent to the medical clinic. Get your questions answered regarding weight loss surgery in Germany. Don Prater, PA-C will be there to answer any medical questions as well as any questions about application or preparations for the surgery. A clothes exchange is also available. For more, email Don Prater, or call DSN 475-7553.

Facility & Road Closures /Construction/ Openings Grafenwoehr Postal Service Center, new entrances Current: The Grafenwoehr Postal Service Center lobby throughway has been blocked to accommodate renovations. To receive Postal Finance services, customers are asked to use the new entrance on the North Side. For Mailroom services, customers are asked to use the South entrance near the vending machines. We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate patience as a better Postal Service Center is made. For more, DSN 475‑6333.

Main Post Traffic Circle, current road and traffic revisions Now – end of April: Total closure of the north part of Wilbur Road between the Grafenwoehr Water Tower and the new traffic circle. Traffic from Gate 1 to reach the JMTC HQ, Bank and Community Mailroom area will be detoured via Argonne Ave and Gettysburg Ave. During this phase traffic through the construction site will be limited to: east to west or east to south. All other traffic will reroute via Saratoga Avenue. The one lane available on Gettysburg Ave. of the southern portion of the traffic circle will only allow traffic flow from east to west (USAG HQ – JMTC HQ, Mailroom ...) and south towards Burger King and to access Concord Road (Tower Theater). Traffic from the JMTC HQ, Bank Community Mail Room and Service Credit Union area will have to leave via Childers/York Road or Shiloh Ave. Since it is not possible to allow oncoming traffic between Burger King and the Traffic circle the right lane of Wilbur Road will be blocked right after the access to/from Burger King.


Additional road construction work on Fisher Street will block thru-traffic. Access to and from the Grafenwoehr Tax Office (Bldg 216) will be via Argonne Ave. Directions for alternate pedestrian and vehicle traffic will be posted.

Legal Assistance department, closure of activity 17 March: The Legal Assistance Dept. on Main Post will be closed for the day due to training.

The Grafenwoehr Commissary, temporary closure 21 & 22 March: The commissary will be closed this Monday and Tuesday due to store reset. Store will reopen on March 23 for normal business hours. For more, DSN 475-9402 or CIV 09641-83-9402.

School News DXM Community Awareness Campaign Poster Competition Vilseck High School Students (deadline March 29) and Netzaberg Middle School (deadline March 30) are eligible to participate. Three winners will be selected from each school and one of the winners will be voted by judges as the overall winner. 1st Place $200, 5 other top picks get $60 each. Listen for announcements at your school for the person designated to collect posters. No late entries - sorry. Poster Theme: ―DXM - Awareness and Alternatives‖ The Poster must be a message that educates the Public about‖what DXM is and the risks associated with misuse and abuse.‖ The Poster must also have a message of what are ―healthy alternatives to drug abuse." Poster must have the theme written, incorporated or designed on the poster front. Creativity is encouraged. Poster Size: The Poster must be 22 inches (wide) x 28 inches (tall); the design must be vertical. The student must write their name, grade and school on the back of the poster and turn the poster in flat and not rolled up. Poster size is the regular full size sheet of a poster board sold at the PX. Design of Poster: Poster must be original art work by the student—pencil, ink, paint, photography, graphic art, computer generated art or a combination. No copyrighted material is to be used on the poster. Design can be a combination of words and art work. Judging Takes Place April 5: Winning posters and all other posters will be on display in public areas of the Grafenwohr/Vilseck Military Community. Visit the following website for inspiration, www.dxmstories.com and www.drugfree.org. For more, Nancy Nolin 475-8930, Irma Vasquez 475-8520 or Roderick Cole at 475-8960.

Monthly Parent Seminars Doris Boyd, BMEDDAC School Based Behavioral Health Specialist, will lead seminars on a variety of parenting resources and topics. Seminars are open to all parents. Event to be held at the Netzaberg Elementary School in the Counselors’ Corner. Light refreshments will be provided. 10 March: Deployment Part I - Strengthening family communication when a parent deploys, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. 14 April: Anger Management - Getting to know the anger in your child and communicating with your child…when he or she does not want to listen, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. 12 May: Deployment Part II - Helping your child cope and thrive during deployment, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Please contact your Seminar Facilitators if you have any questions; Doris Boyd, BMEDDAC School Based Behavioral Health Specialist or Mary Corrigan, School Counselor. DSN 472-9185.

Grafenwoehr Elementary School 10 March: PTA Bingo (read below for more) 14 - 18 March: Terra Nova testing grades 3-5 29 March: Child Find (children 3-5) For more, McPhail, CIV 09641-83-7133 or email. (Read below for more) 28 April: Science Fair (read below for more) Bingo night: 5:30 p.m. in the MPR or cafeteria at Grafenwoehr Elementary School. Cards will go on sale at 18:00. Chips, hotdogs and sodas will be for sale throughout the evening. Call PTA President Jen Reeder at DSN 475-7133 for more. Cards are cheap but the fun and hot dogs are top notch. If you were at the on last fall, you know how much fun it is to bingo down with the Grizzly gang at Graf! It’ll outshine Vegas. Sort of. Grafenwoehr Elementary School Developmental Screenings for children 3-5 years old: Do you suspect that your child may have difficulties with running, jumping, climbing, coloring, or writing? Speaking clearly, expressing themselves or, understanding what they are asked or told? Learning colors, shapes, letters, numbers, or counting? Connecting with others, independence, or tantrums? Eating, dressing, or grooming skills? Child Find is a process designed to screen, refer, and identify children with suspected disabilities who may be eligible to receive special education and related services. Developmental Screening appointments are available throughout the school year. Community-wide screenings 29 March.


EDIS offers a free screening of children less than 3 years of age to determine if your child is meeting his/her developmental milestones. DSN 476.3221 CIV 09662.83.3221. Grafenwoehr Elementary School’s Science Fair: 6 – 7 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. Come see what all our little Albert Einsteins and Madame Curies have been up to in the lab! For more, DSN 475-7133. The Grafenwoehr Elementary PTA has received great support so far this year from our parents. We would like to remind you that if you intended to join the PTA, it is not too late. Contact DSN 475-7133 or email for more information. School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.‑ Fri. 7 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.‑ Fri. 8:15 a.m.‑2:35 p.m. CIV 09641‑837133 DSN 475‑7133

Vilseck Elementary School Continuous School Improvement News VES staff has spent a great deal of time analyzing assessment results of the past year to determine our new focus for instruction. The analysis led us to develop 2 new goals. Our school vision of ―Vilseck Expects Success‖ will remain the same. The new goals are: Goal 1: By 2016 all students will improve competency with numbers and operations as measured by increased performance on assessments. Goal 2: By 2016 all students will demonstrate improved reading comprehension through written and oral communication as measured by increased performance on assessments. The staff will investigate research based interventions and strategies to help us achieve these goals. As always, parents are encouraged to participate in our Continuous School Improvement process by attending our staff development days or joining one of our committees. If you have any questions about the CSI process or would like to participate, please contact Terri Diaz or Kerri Loe at 476-2812.

Red Hot Reader’s Month It is that time of year again where VES will host its’ wildly successful Red Hot Reader month. Traditionally it has been held during the month of March. This year, in consideration of Terra Nova testing and the movement of the Spring Break date, Red Hot Reader month will be held from 21 March-15 April. Please stay tuned for further updates on the many activities that are being planned and what the Principal’s challenge will be. Additionally, Read Across America Day, 2 March, will also be held with many activities happening.

DoDEA System Wide Assessments The week of 14-18 March, the Terra Nova test will be given to all students in grades 3, 4 and 5. The tests are given during the morning. Please do not schedule any appointments in the mornings for your child during the testing periods. School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.‑Fri. 7 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.‑Fri. 8:25 a.m‑2:35 p.m. CIV 09662‑832812 / 832673 DSN 476‑2812/2673

Netzaberg Elementary School 16 March: Volunteer Tea 17 March: SAC meeting, 3:00p.m.-4:00p.m. 14 - 18 March: Terra Nova Testing, Grades 3-5 rd 30 March: 3 Annual Math Night Out, MPR, 3:30pm-5:00pm Read-a-thon Begins: Parents, mark your calendar! The Netzaberg ES Read-a-Thon will begin February 22nd. Netzaberg students, as a school, will be challenged to read 150,000 minutes in two weeks! The last day for any reading to count towards the Read-a-Thon will be March 4th! All reading logs will be collected by the end of that day. So get your books ready and read! Prizes and more information will be Celebrate forthcoming. Celebrating Dr. Seuss Spirit Week: Show your Netzaberg ES spirit by participating in this Wacky Week! Blue Monday – Wear as much BLUE as you can! Funky hair Tuesday- Wear your hair a FUNKY way! Wacky Sock Wednesday-Wear your WACKIEST socks! Crazy Hat Thursday- Put on your craziest hat! Fasching Friday-Wear your Fasching costume! Child Find: Netzaberg Elementary School’s Preschool Services for Child Development (PSCD) program is conducting screenings to identify strengths and concerns in a young child’s development. The free Child Find developmental screenings are provided for command sponsored children from age three to five years. Professional staff will screen motor, language, problem solving, social, and self-help skills, plus the child’s vision and hearing. In addition, parents will have an opportunity to ask questions about their child’s development. For further information on Child Find developmental screenings at Netzaberg Elementary School, please call CIV 09645-917-9184 or DSN 472-9184.Child Find developmental screenings are held at DoDEA schools to assist parents in identifying the early warning signs that put young children at risk for learning delays and provide crucial early diagnosis and intervention. Netzaberg Elementary School Needs YOU. Netzaberg Elementary School partners with our parents and community to support the success of all students. Goal 1: Reading By 2011, all students will improve targeted reading comprehension skills across the curriculum as measured by local and system-wide assessments. The targeted reading skills are: Pre-reading skills in Pre-K—Kindergarten; Retelling and inferring in grades 1 – 2; and Summarizing and drawing conclusions in grades 3 – 5. Intervention: Explicitly teach targeted reading comprehension strategies through Think Alouds. Goal 2: Math By 2011, all students will improve their understanding of number sense and operational


concepts across the curriculum as measured by local and system-wide assessments. Intervention: Explicitly teach students to think and talk about numbers through Number Talks. School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.- Fri. 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Mon.- Fri. 7:55 a.m. -.2:45 p.m. CIV 09645-917-9185/9184/9313/DSN 472-9184/9313

Netzaberg Middle School PTSA Basket Raffle 24 March: Come join the fun and try your luck at winning baskets put together by our students and teachers! Each basket has a different theme. Baskets will be available to view 15-24 March in the office and raffle tickets are on sale every day at lunch for $1.00 ea. or 6 for $5.00. 10 March: Care Bunch Meeting; 2:45 p.m.; POC: Email 10 March: PTSA Board Meeting; 3:00 p.m.; POC: Email 14-18 March: Terra Nova Testing in the Mornings; Get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast; Be on time for school 10 March: General PTSA Meeting at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Spring Concert and Basket Raffle; POC: Email 14 March: NJHS Meeting; 2:45 p.m.; POC: Email Drama Practice: Mondays from 2:45-4:30 p.m.; POC: Email Tutoring Club: Tuesdays from 2:45-4:00 p.m.; POC: Email Yearbook Club: Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 p.m through 1 March.; POC: Email Beginning Band Practice: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 3:00-3:45 p.m.; POC: Email Spirit Band Practice: Thursdays 3:00-3:45 p.m.; POC: Email Sports Club: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-4:00 p.m.; POC: Email Netzaberg Middle School CSI 4-Step Problem Solving Method= 1) Understand the Problem 2) Make a Plan 3) Carry Out the Plan 4) Look Back – Ask, ―Does the solution make sense?‖ Parent volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering for the PTSA or other school committees, please contact the school as soon as possible. POC: Email Bus passes: If your child has not received a permanent bus pass for this school year please Contact the buss office at 09645-917-9142. The school office is not able to issue permanent passes. If your child needs a temporary pass for the day, he/she must come to the front office first thing in the morning. Lunch accounts: To use the online service you will need to set up an account at http://www.mealpayplus.com/. If you are new to the area you will need to open a Horizon account at the PX or the school cafeteria. Attendance: PARENTS are responsible in calling the front office every morning that the student will be absent. POC: Email Phone: 09645-917-9232/9233/9229 DSN 472-9232 School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon - Fri 8 am–4 pm Mon-Fri 7:55 a.m-2:45 pm CIV 09645-917-9232/9233/9229 DSN 472-9232

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Flea markets All flea markets are listed here by zip code. 12 March: 1 p.m.: in 92421 Schwandorf, Festplatz, Angerring / Nürnberger Strasse (ca. 45 km / 28 miles north of Regensburg) 19 March: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.: in 92224 Amberg, Dultplatz, Bruno-Hofer-Straße. 26 March: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in Raigering just outside of 92224 Amberg, car park at the ―Sterk‖ brewery, Hofmark 2 27 March: 8 a.m. - midday: in 92339 Beilngries, Volksfestplatz, Sandstraße (ca. 45 km / 28 miles SW of Hohenfels). 2 April: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in 92637 Weiden, Volksfestplatz, Leuchtenberger Straße. 2 April: The Neumarkter Flohmarkt will take place at Jurahalle and the Volksfestplatz in 92318 Neumarkt from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Flea Market offers a variety of used things such as antiques, old collectibles and typical Bavarian items. Inside the Jurahalle you will find over 100 vendors and outside will be more than 200 additional vendors. If you would like to sell items email for details. . 3 April: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in 93059 Regensburg, RT-Halle, Schopperplatz 6 (right next to the Dultplatz where the Volksfest, Dult is held, Am Europakanal). 9 April: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.: in 92224 Amberg, Dultplatz, Bruno-Hofer-Straße. 10 April: 8 a.m. - midday: in 92339 Beilngries, Volksfestplatz, Sandstraße (ca. 45 km / 28 miles SW of Hohenfels) 16 April: 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.: in 92637 Weiden, at the Spielvereinigung ("Am Langen Steg" subdivision, near hospital). 23 April: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in Raigering just outside of 92224 Amberg, car park at the ―Sterk‖ brewery, Hofmark 2


The Grand Russian State Circus Through 13 March: in 97082 Wuerzburg, "Talavera" fest site between Mainaustraße and Georg-Eydel-Straße. With this festive gala program, the "Oleg Popov Jubilee Tour", the Grand Russian State Circus wishes to thank his famous Clown Oleg Popov for his unique life work, and celebrate his 80th birthday with a stunning show full of diversity and surprises. In addition, the organizers will hold a special Russian evening at each location of the tour, with cultural entertainment from Moscow and St. Petersburg, a special Croissant breakfast, and a "Blini Festival". For dates and locations, or to order your tickets, click on the homepage of the Organiser - just scroll to the desired city.

In concert 9 March: My Chemical Romance in 80939 Munich, Kesselhaus, Lilienthalallee 37. Tickets.

10 March: Fiddler's Green, 8 p.m., in 90478 Nuremberg, Gutmann am Dutzendteich, Bayernstr. 150. Tickets. More about the artist: Homepage. YouTube. 15 March: Peter Frampton, 8 p.m. in 91154 Roth, Kulturfabrik, Stieberstr. 7, CIV 09171-848-762 (ca. 30 km / 19 miles south of Nürnberg). Tickets. Tour overview. 17 - 30 March: James Blunt, “Some Kind of Trouble“ Tour. Tour overview 17 March: 8 p.m., in 90471 Nuremberg, Arena, Kurt-Leucht-Weg 11, ph 0911-9889-7280. Tickets. 23 March: 8 p.m., in 80809 Munich, Olympiahalle, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21 / east entrance. Tickets. The only parking places are at the Olympiapark: 80809 Munich, Olympiapark Parkharfe, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 100. It is highly recommended you use the excellent public transport system. 29 March: Woody Allen & his New Orleans Jazz Band, 8 p.m., in 81667 Munich, Philharmonie im Gasteig, Rosenheimer Str. 5 - 8. Yes, this is THE Woody Allen! Tickets. 30 March: The Ten Tenors. 8 p.m., in 90478 Nuremberg, Meistersingerhalle, Münchener Str. 21, CIV 0911-231-8000. Tickets via Kultur Information, Königstr. 93, 90402 Nuremberg, CIV 0911-231-4000, or online. For many years, the Ten Tenors (TTT) have captured audiences around the world with their unique show and excellent voices. With much charm and incredible talent, they include modern pop songs in their classical repertoire and encourage the whole audience to dance along to their songs! More about the artist: Homepage. YouTube. MySpace.

Night of the Dance 13 March: 8 p.m., in 90478 Nuremberg, Meistersingerhalle, Münchener Str. 21, CIV 0911231-8000. The best dance and artistic scenes from famous shows like "Stomp―,"Cirque du Soleil―,and "Afrika-Afrika― as well as dance performances from "Grease―, "Flashdance―, "Moulin Rouge―, "Mamma Mia―, "Lord of the Dance― and many others. Tickets via Kultur Information, Königstr. 93, 90402 Nuremberg, CIV 0911-231-4000.

International Glass Art and Paintings 20 March - 10 April: in 92637 Weiden, Neues Rathaus (new city hall), Dr.-Pfleger-Str. 15 (opposite the large "Naabwiesen" car park). On display are works by "Gruppe Rubikon", CZ, "Union der bildenden Künstler der Region Pilsen" and "Oberpfälzer Kunstverein Weiden". More details on the organizer's Homepage (only GE). Free entry!

Motorcycle Fair 26 & 27 March: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in 92318 Neumarkt, Jurahallen, Festplatz 2 (ca. 45 km / 28 miles west of Hohenfels). A fascinating fair for all bikers! You'll find "normal" bikes, custom bikes, scooters, clothes and information on special bike trips. There will also be used bikes on sale. Further details are online (only GE).

“Maya the bee and her adventures” The Grafenwoehr Youth Choir “Sin falta” invites all families to their 1st musical presentation. 27 March: 5:30 p.m. at the Jugendheim in Grafenwoehr (next to the Stadthalle). Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Spielwaren Gradl or at the Sparkasse Grafenwoehr for €4 (adults) and €2 (under the age of 15.) Door opens 1 hour prior to start time.

Sommerzeit - Start of Daylight Saving Time 27 March: It's time to set the clocks AHEAD one hour. Remember: Spring Forward, Fall Back.

Weekly Newsletter 2011-03-09  

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