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Community members learn recording, mixing, synthesizing By Ashley Bateman, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs Community members on Warner Barracks now have the opportunity to learn the art of mixing, synthesizing and editing tracks in a course offered by the Stable Theater. The theater is wrapping up the second of its Recording Studio Workshop courses, now available at different levels of experience for a fee of $15 per session or $60 for a 4-session course.

“We had inherited enough gear through base closures and Army bands leaving Europe that with a small investment we were able to muster a fully-functional studio,” said James Frederick, who is running the classes and who has a Bachelor of Arts in music technology. “We definitely wanted to get the maximum use out of them and using it as an educational facility seemed obvious.” Recognizing the potential of the eclectic mix of equipment the theater had amassed over time, Frederick suggested the opening of a recording studio. The creation of a working studio was the first step in tapping into community interest. “Home studio setups are becoming more and more common and the whole thing has really taken off as a hobby, aspiration or more, so we had a pretty strong suspicion the interest was out there,” Frederick said. “When we finally opened up the studio and word got out, people started showing up to inquire. This is all of course in addition to the normal use of the studio, which is available by appointment for use.” Capt. A.J. Rao, from the 16th Sustainment Brigade, signed up for the course to further his knowledge-base and future career. “When I first got to Germany [James] was my guitar instructor,” Rao said. “So he told me about the class. I love music and have a passion for music. I’m actually leaving the Army to pursue music, so it’s pretty serious to me.”

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Wyatt Hamilton practices adjusting signal with the mixer, while Rao plays keyboards and is pursuing a music degree to further his James Frederick plays drums in an adjoining room in the June 8 exposure in the industry. class. Students Don Johnson and Capt. A.J. Rao rotated with Hamil(STUDIO continued on page 11) ton to test their mixing skills.

Soldiers compete for title of Warrior, Warrior Leader of the Year By Frank Sanchez III, 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs MANNHEIM, Germany – It was all heart and determination for the nine participants who competed in this year’s grueling three-day competition to become the Warrior and Warrior Leader of the Year for the 21st Theater Sustainment Command here June 13-15. The eight competitors arrived around 6:30 a.m. to the Lampertheim Training Area just outside of Mannheim to begin the competition with an Army Physical Fitness Test. During the fitness test, the Soldiers were closely monitored as they tried to make every repetition count. Following their fitness test, the Soldiers were only given about 15 to 20 minutes before they were briefed and began suiting up for a rigorous 12-mile ruck march. The day ran into night as the Soldiers trudged through a night land navigation course followed by a day land navigation course the very next morning.

Sgt. Frank Sanchez III

Sgt. Richard Hunter, a communications noncommissioned officer for The competitors also faced the tasks of firing and qualifying with the 240th Quartermaster Company, 391th Combat Sustainment various small arms weapons, leading a squad of Soldiers through an Support Battalion,16th Sustainment Brigade in Bamberg, prepares to remove his advanced combat helmet while participating in the urban assault course and brawling in combatives. Warrior Leader of the Year competition at the Lampertheim Training (COMPETE continued on page 12) Area just outside of Mannheim June 13-15.


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Warner Barracks gears up for Independence Day By Ashley Bateman, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg personnel anticipate another fun-filled July 4 this year. To celebrate America’s independence, Family, and Morale, Welfare and Recreation employees have planned a variety of events and entertainment for Soldiers, civilians and Families. Special Events Coordinator Terri Hofstetter encourages community members to check out the program, which will run throughout the day. “Fourth of July overseas is a little different and some Soldiers and Families have a difficult time celebrating Independence Day while away from home,” Hofstetter said. “We offer a great way for our community to feel at home with a piece of America right here. We offer traditional American foods, such as burgers, hot dogs and barbecue, in a family atmosphere.” File Photo

The day will begin with a golf tournament at Whispering Pines Golf Course at 9 a.m. Community members can enter the competition by signing up at the golf course.

Beginning at 2 p.m. on the Forth of July, there will be games and activities for children and adults. The day will finish with a fireworks show over Pendleton Field at 10:15 p.m.

Also at 9 a.m., community members are invited to take part in a free 5-kilometer Fun Run at the Freedom Fitness Facility. Participants can sign up at the FFF and the first 20 who enter will receive a tshirt. The top runners will be recognized by category as part of the afternoon ceremony.

bungee trampoline and dunking booth are on the agenda, as well as a Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers-sponsored car bash.

Starting at 2 p.m. food and beverages will be available for purchase at Pendleton field and a variety of games and activities for both children and adults will be offered. An inflatable obstacle course,

Included in the day’s program is the annual car and motorcycle show, which will run from 1-5 p.m. Open to the public, community members are invited to showcase their classic or “souped up” vehicles. A dynamometer will be available for a fee to test a car’s horsepower. Participants can sign up on the day of the event or prior to it at the Auto Skills Center. Live entertainment in the evening will include the Daniel Coates band. Coates is an American living in Germany and is excited to perform for an American crowd. It will be nostalgic to be in an American environment, he said. The day will end with a bang, as a fireworks show will light up the sky over Pendleton Field at 10:15 p.m. Unique to this year’s event will be the signing and launching of the Family and MWR Employee and Customer Covenant, renewing the commitment made in the Army Family Covenant. “Family and MWR's goal is to provide a fun family atmosphere for our Soldiers and Families while we remember our deployed friends and family members defending our freedom,” Hofstetter said. File Photo

An inflatable obstacle course, bungee trampoline and dunking booth are scheduled to be at the event.

Lt. Col. Gary A. Rosenberg U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, Commander USAG Bamberg, Public Affairs Officer Renate Bohlen Warner Weekly Staff Ashley Bateman, Mindy Campbell, Douglas DeMaio, Capt. Megan L. Jantos, Cornelia Meyer-Olin

The Warner Weekly is an unofficial publication of the U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, IMCOM-Europe and the U.S. Army authorized under the provisions of AR-360-1. Contents of The Warner Weekly are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or the Department of the Army. Private organizations noted in this publication are not part of the Dept. of Defense and those wishing to make an announcement must be registered. Fundraising events must be pre-approved through the MWR Financial Management Division, located in Bldg. 7107. The appearance of advertising in this publication does not constitute endorsement of the products or services advertised by the U.S. Army. All content in this publication is prepared, edited and approved by the USAG Bamberg Public Affairs Office. The PAO reserves the right to edit submissions for style, clarity or fit. Time sensitive announcements are run for a minimum of two weeks. Information is accurate at the time of publishing. If specifics change, the change will be noted in the following publication. The deadline for all Warner Weekly submissions is 2 weeks prior to the desired publication date. The Public Affairs Office is not responsible for late submissions. This publication is produced and distributed every Friday in an electronic format and can be viewed on the U.S. Army Bamberg website at www.bamberg.army.mil.

All MWR Programs provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with special needs. For assistance please contact the facility manager prior to your visit.

To subscribe to the Warner Weekly please send an email with ‘SUBSCRIBE’ as the subject to bambergpao@eur.army.mil Contact Information: Office Location: Bldg. 7089, Warner Barracks U.S. Army Address: Unit 27535, APO AE 09139 Telephone:DSN:469-1600, Fax: DSN:469-8033 German Address: Weissenburgstrasse 12, 96052 Bamberg Telephone:(+49) 0951-300-1600, Fax: :(+49) 0951-300-8033


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Bogus tourniquets could endanger lives in combat By Steve Elliott, Fort Sam Houston Public Affairs

Meant as a temporary fix, tourniquets are not recommended to be used for more than 20 minutes at a time because of the danger of congestion and gangrene.

Counterfeit models of the U.S. Army's Combat Application Tourniquet are available on the Internet and on the open market.

The message said that the Defense Logistics Agency knows the fake items are available for purchase through non-Department of Defense websites, and that authorized DoD procurement gateways will supply only the approved commercial part from authorized distributors.

Using the counterfeits can be lethal and the Army considered this enough of a problem to send out a priority message April 14 sounding the alert on these bogus devices.

“While I haven’t seen any of these counterIf the counterfeits are found in any invenfeits in use, I have seen a few ordered by tory, they should be replaced by the real logisticians more interested in cutting costs thing and the counterfeit should be rethan in quality control,” said Col. John Courtesy photos ported to that activity's logistical supply Kragh, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Re- The difference is packaging between the real office. search at Fort Sam Houston. Combat Application Tourniquet (left) and the “It’s easy to get the right items using roucounterfeit model (right) is obvious. “The Combat Application Tourniquet is tine, professional supply channels,” Kragh standard issue to all deploying Soldiers. It’s in each Soldier’s Indi- said. “If other channels are used, then it’s easy to get the wrong vidual First Aid Kit pouch.” stuff. It just takes a credit card and choosing the wrong online supplier.” Kraugh explained the Army's concern with the counterfeits. The message said the phony tourniquet was first encountered sev“The rod on the dummy tourniquet is bendable to a point where it eral years ago in a depot in Afghanistan and was thought to have cannot work right. It's like bending Gumby's arm,” he said. “The been purged from the system. At that time, the item was of obvimakers do not market the item ostensibly as a medical device, but ously inferior construction and recognizable as a counterfeit. Today, they sell it and package it like a retail item. the product has been modified and is difficult to distinguish from the authentic CAT. “The danger is if someone mistakes the fake for a real CAT or a real medical device,” the colonel said. “That mistake could be fatal, The Element Cat (E-CAT) is a very carefully made counterfeit CAT since it cannot control bleeding.” tourniquet, manufactured in Hong Kong for $8.50 each. It was designed to look, feel and act like the real thing. A tourniquet is used to cut off the flow of blood to a part of the body, most often an arm or leg. It may be a special surgical instrument, a The authentic item has a National Stock Number of 6515-01-521rubber tube, a strip of cloth or any flexible material that can be tight- 7976 and has a unit cost of $27.28. ened to exert pressure. “The markings appear to be a copyright or trademark infringement, In a case of bleeding emergency, a tourniquet is used to completely and that is why law enforcement has become involved in the invesstop the flow of blood. tigation,” the colonel noted. “We have had a previous counterfeit CAT confirmed from the Middle East, but this was purged from the warehouses uneventfully a couple of years ago. This is one of the reasons why we should remain vigilant. As to why anyone would purchase the fake one while the authentic item is available through Army supply channels, the colonel had a possible explanation. “The ordering system is decentralized giving initiative to lowlevel supply persons who can order what they think is best. An unknowing person could easily think that they are ordering a Combat Application Tourniquet online for a good price, but getting one cheap from China is too good to be true,” Kragh said.

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The authentic tourniquet has a manufacturing date stamped on it.

Information about the proper combat application tourniquet can be seen on the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency website (www.usamma.army.mil/assets/docs/ CAT.pdf) under the category “Hot Topics.” An information line at (301) 619-3548 is also available.

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Community Announcements Please send all announcements to Bamberg Public Affairs via the following website: http://www.bamberg.army.mil/mobi/form.asp. Funeral Service There will be a funeral service for Retired Master Sgt. Allen Lopez June 25 at noon at the Bamberg Friedhof. This will be a full honors service. A memorial service will be held on June 29 at noon in the Post Chapel for those that cannot make the funeral. Lopez was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He will be greatly missed. Lopez is survived by his wife Erika Lopez and daughters Mrs. Elaine Lopez-Hirt and Christina Mount. German Classes Army Community Service, Relocation Readiness Program, offers free German classes every month. Effective July 1 beginner classes are scheduled Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. Intermediate classes are Tuesdays, 12-2 p.m., and Wednesdays, 2-4 p.m. Advanced classes are Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m. and Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. Classes are held at the ACS building in classroom 118. For more information, call 0951-300-7777. CPR Class The American Red Cross is scheduled to have a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation class to include First Aid and Automated External Defibrillator training from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on June 29. The pre-registration fee of $40 is due before the class. For more information, call 0951-300-1760 or email marilyn.smith1@eur.army.mil. July Fourth Start your national holiday with a golf tournament at Whispering Pines Golf Course or a 5 kilometer fun run at Pendleton Field at 9 a.m. See the car show from 1 - 4 p.m. There will be live entertainment, children’s rides, food and fun activities starting at 2 p.m. Winners of the fun run will be recognized by the Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Gary A. Rosenberg at 4 p.m. Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation will have the signing ceremony of the Customer and Employee

www.bamberg.army.mil Covenant and launches the new "Choose Excellence" customer service initiative. Enjoy the live band after the award ceremony. Fireworks will be launched at 10:15 p.m. Please visit the Family and MW R website at www.bamberg.army.mil/mwr for updated infomation on the Bamberg Fourth of July Celebration or call 0951-300-9010. German-American History Come see Raymond M. Weinstein discuss German-American relations on July 4 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Nürnberger Akademie, Gewerbemuseumsplatz 2, Nürnberg, Room 3.11. There is no cost. At the peak of the Cold War, Weinstein was a Soldier assigned to 176th Signal Company (Repair), attached to the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, in Nürnberg’s Merrell Barracks. Fifty years later, the now professor for sociology at the University of South Carolina in Aiken reflects on his experience in a bilingual talk with historian Harald T. Leder, Louisiana State University. For more information, e-mail info@testimon.de. Change of Command There will be a change of command for U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg on July 9 at 10 a.m. at Summerall Field. Lt. Col. Steve Morris will replace Lt. Col. Gary A. Rosenberg as the garrison commander. If there is inclement weather the alternate location will be at the Basics Building. For more information, call 0951300-8866. Summer Camp Bamberg Army Community Service will have its first Exceptional Family Member Program Summer Camp from July 12 - 16 from 9 a.m. 12:30 p.m. at the JFK Teen Center. The camp is open to EFMP-registered children ages 5-11. Sign up no later than June 30 at ACS. A Parent meeting will be held July 7 at 10 a.m. at the ACS classroom. For more information, call Bonnie Kellem at 0951-300 7777. Dog Aid The American Red Cross Bamberg is offering a Dog First Aid Class July 14 from 10:30 a.m. - 1

Page 4 p.m. at JFK. The advance registration fee is $20, which includes a text book. This course is for youth in grades six through 12. Please leave the pets at home. For more information, call 0951300-1760 or register at Army Community Service. Babysitting Class The American Red Cross Bamberg is offering a Babysitting Class with CPR and First Aid July 21 - 23 at JFK. The advance registration fee is $35, which includes a text book. Minimum age is 11 years. For more information, call 0951-300-1760 or register at Army Community Service. Sex Signals U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg is scheduled to have a “Sex Signals” presentation July 23 from 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. at the movie theater. The program serves educate Soldiers on sexual assault prevention, sexual harassment, and gender-based misconduct. This program promises to be entertaining while raising the awareness of sexual assault. This is a Soldier driven forum and service members will be given priority attendance. For more information, call Army Community Service at 0951-300-7777. Overseas Voters Submit your Ballot Request for the June, July and August State Primaries. The following States will hold Primary Elections during the months of July and August on the dates indicated. July 20: Georgia; July 27: Oklahoma; Aug. 3: Kansas, Michigan, Missouri Aug. 5: Tennessee; Aug. 10: Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota; Aug. 17: Washington, Wyoming; Aug. 24: Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Vermont; Aug. 28: Louisiana. All members of the U.S. military, their family members and citizens residing outside the U.S. who are residents from these States and have not yet submitted a registration and ballot request a Federal Post Card Application for the 2010 calendar year, should do so as soon as possible. The FPCA ballot application and instructions for the above States are available at www.fvap.gov/ FPCA. Click on your State on the map and follow the instructions to register and request an absentee ballot. Some States allow submitting the FPCA by fax or email in addition to regular


Thur. June 24, 2010/ VOL. 5, Issue 25 mail. Send your FPCA now to your election office to ensure you have enough time to receive, vote, and return the ballot. For more information, visit FVAP at: www.fvap.gov. Anglo-German Club Events The Anglo-German Club Bamberg is hosting several events this summer. If you’d like to practice your English or want to meet other English speakers, join the club for a night of conversation July 14 at Greifenkalu Brewery at 7 p.m. For more information or if the weather seems poor, call Jane at 0951-133-7151. To get more information on the programs, e-mail DECB@gmx.de. Volunteers needed at the chapel U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg Community Chapel is looking for volunteers to fill the following volunteer positions: musician for the Protestant service, musician for the Catholic service, Catholic religious education coordinator, Protestant religious education coordinator and Catholic clergy. If interested in volunteering at the chapel, call 0951-300-8879.

Closures / Changes CDC Parking The Child Development Center’s pick-up and drop-off areas, as well as the two handicapped spaces, will be relocated onto 5th Street next to the main entrance of the CDC. One handicapped slot will be established for the CDC and one for the garrison headquarter with the add-on information “Permit G,” which means persons with severe impaired mobility problems. These new spaces will be accessible from John F. Kennedy Boulevard and this road will be marked with a “Dead End” sign as the drop arm next to Jefferson Ave will remain in the down position. In addition to these spaces, one Customer slot for Bldg 7089 will be put in place. The current CDC and handicapped spaces will be converted into “public” parking and three “Command” slots on 5th Street will be shifted across from the new public spaces. Parking along the curb is prohibited on both sides of 5th Street due to the installed “No Stopping” signs. Vehicle Registration The Vehicle Registration Office will be closed all day on July 5 and at noon July 30 due to yearly

www.bamberg.army.mil inventory. For more information, call 0951-3007580 Dagger’s Inn Closed Dagger’s Inn dining facility will be temporarily closed from July 21 – Sept. 2. For more information, call 469-8448. Tax Center The Bamberg Tax Center has extended its hours of operation. The center will be open through Sept. 30 on an appointment basis only. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 3:30 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 0951-300-8252. Service Office The U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg Retirement Services Officer/Casualty Manager has relocated to Building 7290, Room 208, next to Burger King. For more information, call 0951-300-7514. Auto Skills Operation Hours The Auto Skills Shop and Car Wash, Building 7038, has returned to its normal hours of operation. The shop is now open seven days a week. For more information, call the Auto Skills Shop at 0951-300-7546.

Weekly Reminders Flea Market There will be a Community Flea Market at the Community Activity Center July 10, Aug. 14 and Sept. 11. The hours are 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tables are available for rent for $5 each. Sign up at the Cool Beans front counter. For more information, e -mail liz.gonzalez@eur.army.mil or call 0951-3008659. Have Your own Garden Plot on Warner Barracks The Community Activity Center has garden plots to rent. The cost is $25 per season for a 200 square-foot plot. For more information or to request a plot, e-mail Bradley.cline@us.army.mil or call 0951-300-8659. NAF 101 Bamberg Nonappropriated Funds Civilian Personnel Advisory Center will be conducting employment workshops for all eligible individuals interested in learning how to apply and write a resume for a NAF position. This is not a general class on how to write a resume. It is specifically tailored for NAF vacancy announcement applicants. The workshop will be in the Bamberg CPAC Conference Room in Building 7486. All workshops are on Fridays from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Dates are Aug. 27 and Oct. 22. Sign up the Tuesday prior to each scheduled workshop as there is a maximum of eight slots available. For more information regarding training or eligibility, call 0951-300-8027. DES/Vehicle Registration Office Bamberg license plates are available for motorcycles and trailers. Everyone that is due for renewal and still has the old U.S. Army Europe plates has to change to the new Bamberg plates. To renew plates, customers must bring a new insurance card (not older than 120 days). For more information, call 0951-300-7580.

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New Tax Relief Services The Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Tax Relief Office now offers a new service for U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg customers. With the implementation of the Utility Avoidance

Page 5 Program customers can sign up locally and save 19 percent tax on their electricity, gas and water bills if these utilities are provided by Bamberg Stadtwerke. Other energy and utility providers can also be used, but customers will have to register through the USAG Schweinfurt UTAP. For more information, call the Bamberg tax relief office at 0951-300-1780 or the Schweinfurt tax relief office at 09721-96-1780. Lutheran Worship Services The U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg Community Chapel now sponsors a Liturgical church service every first and third Sunday at 9 a.m. in the Bamberg Chapel Family Life Center. All Lutherans or other liturgically-minded people are welcome to attend. For more information, call 095 1 -30 0 -8 141 o r e -m ai l david.jacob@eur.army.mil. Passport and Immigration Fees The U.S. Department of State is considering increasing the fees associated with passports and Immigration Services. Customers are highly encouraged to submit applications prior to the Department of State’s decision, which will occur at an unknown time in the future. Passport Office The Bamberg Passport Office has recently upgraded its website. You can now access all the informational handouts from the convenience of your home or office. Go to http:// ww w. b am be rg. arm y. m i l / di re c t orat es / d hr/ passport.asp and select the appropriate link. For assistance in filling out the Passport Application, download the Application Wizards User’s guide. Puerto Rican Birth Certificates In December 2009, the government of Puerto Rico, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, enacted a new law aimed at strengthening the issuance and usage of birth certificates to combat fraud and protect the identity of all people born in Puerto Rico. On July 1, this law will invalidate all birth certificates issued before July 1, 2010 by the Puerto Rico Health Department, through its Vital Statistics Record Office. Affected Soldiers, civilian employees and family members will need to request issuance of a new birth certificate. It is recommended that all citizens born in Puerto Rico but residing overseas obtain a copy of the new


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Scouts of America. The goal is to communicate to all Eagle Scouts the opportunities available for service, support and programs throughout Europe. The Transatlantic Council will also be holding a reception for all Eagle Scouts, their parents and spouses during this 100th Anniversary year. To receive information about the Transatlantic Council and opportunities for youth and adult Eagle Scouts contact the headquarters at C am p Darby at advancement@tac-bsa.org. To discover more about the programs of the Boy Scouts of America in Europe, visit the website at www.tacbsa.org/Home.html or call the Camp Darby staff at 633-7760.

birth certificate by filling out a Birth Certificate Application form from the Puerto Rico Vital Statistics Record office on or after July 1. Application forms can be obtained at http://www.salud.gov.pr/Programas/ registroDemografico/Pages/ RequisitosparasolicituddeNacimiento.aspx or http://www.bamberg.army.mil/directorates/ dhr/passports.asp. mTBI Clinic Requests Artwork In support of the valuable role that art can play in enhancing the healing process, the mTBI clinic staff would like to invite community members to donate original drawings, paintings or framed photographs for display in the hallways of Bamberg’s new mTBI facility. These donated pieces can be on stretched canvas for easy hanging or on flat canvas. Size preferred for framework is 8x10. Sindy McCord, occupational therapist, is an advocate and supporter for integrating art into health care environments and will be the main point of contact for the project. For more information, call 0951-300-8969 or the mTBI front office at 0951-300-7984. Calling All Eagle Scouts The Transatlantic Council is conducting a roundup of all Eagle Scouts residing in Europe to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Boy

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Clinic Hours The Bamberg Health Clinic hours of operation are as follows: Monday through Thursday sick call is from 7 - 8 a.m.; full service is available from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. On Fridays, sick call is from 7 - 8 a.m. and full service from 7:30 a.m. - noon. We are closed on Friday afternoons for mandatory training. The Health Clinic is also closed on federal holidays and weekends. For more information or if you need to make an appointment, call 0951-300-1750. If you have a medical emergency, call the Bamberg Military Police at 0951-300-114. You may also call the TRICARE Nurse Advice Line at toll-free number 00800-4759-2330, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to talk to a nurse about your health care concerns, get self-care advice to help you feel better now, schedule appointments with your military provider and arrange a phone call with your provider. ACS Hours of Operation Army Community Service is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The office is closed on federal holidays but open on training holidays. For more information, call 0951-300-7777. Community Activity Center Hours Bamberg's Community Activity Center operational hours are:  Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.  Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Saturdays: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Sundays: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Free Wi-Fi is available around the CAC (Building 7047). Customs Office The Bamberg Customs Office is located in Rooms 124 and 125 in Building 7011 across the street from the movie theater. Customer service hours are from 8 a.m. to noon and 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and closed on German and American holidays. For more information, call 0951-300-7460 or 0951-3009312. The fax number is 0951-300-8665. Office personnel can assist with importing items, selling items to non-ID card holders, help visiting family members get permission to drive USAREUR-plated car or get permission to have an ESSO card for rental vehicles by filling out a 175L form. Personnel can also help retirees and widows get permission to go shopping on post if they visit for more than 30 days or live in Germany. Pre-Separation Briefing Planning to move from Soldier to civilian? Take advantage of the transition services offered by the Army Career and Alumni Program, such as a Department of Labor two-and-a-half day job assistance workshop, resume preparation assistance and information about veterans’

Recycling Tips 1. Reduce waste and energy consumption in the workplace- reuse your paper, if possible. 2. Only print when absolutely necessary. 3. When you do print, use both sides of the paper.

Energy-saving Tips 1. Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players into power strips: turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs & DVD players in standby mode still use several watts of power). 2. Pressure cookers and microwave ovens save energy by significantly reducing cooking time. 3. Thaw refrigerators regularly (1-2 times per year). benefits. Make an appointment to attend the mandatory ACAP Pre-Separation Briefing; held weekly and about an hour long. Separating Soldiers can start the ACAP process one year before separating. Soldiers who will be retiring can start two years out from their projected retirement date. For more information, call 0951300-8925. Chapel Meeting The Bamberg Protestant Women of the Chapel has weekly meetings on Wednesdays from 911:30 a.m. at the Bamberg Chapel. Free childcare is provided. For more information, call 0951-300-1570. Family Readiness Classes for Family Readiness Group volunteer positions are every first and third Tuesday of the month from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. in Building 7354. Learn the duties of an FRG. For more information, call 0951-300-7777. Sexual Assault Your Sexual Assault Response Coordinator is available 24 hours a day. Call 0951-300-8397 for your local office or 0162-510-2917 for the 24hour hotline. Veterinary Facility Veterinary Office hours are Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Thursday and open Friday 8 a.m.-noon. No walk-in appointments are available. The clinic is closed on the last weekday of each month for inventory and on all American and training holidays. Over-the-counter products and prescriptions may be purchased during


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regular business hours. For more information about the clinic or to schedule an appointment, call 0951-300-7972. Family Strengths and Stresses Army Community Service, Family Advocacy Program is here to provide help and support by offering a New Parent Support Program, Newborn Network, Play Group, Parenting Classes, Communication Classes, Victim Advocacy and Stress and Anger Management Classes. For information, call 0951-3007777.  Family Advocacy - Need assistance in learning how to manage a life full of stress or ambivalence? Come every Thursday to Building 7487 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. for Anger/Stress Management Class.  New Parent - Being a new parent can be a challenge. Join the New Parent Support Group every Friday from 10-11:30 a.m. in Building 7487. Airport Shuttle The Frankfurt Shuttle Bus departs from the Bamberg Army Community Service building Monday-Friday at 6:35 a.m. and arrives at the airport at 9:45 a.m. The first return shuttle departs from the airport at 11 a.m. and arrives in Bamberg at 3:15 p.m. The second shuttle departs from the airport at 2:50 p.m. and arrives in Bamberg at 6:30 p.m. The drop-off point is at the ACS building. The shuttle is not available on American and training holidays.

Sports, Health and Fitness Community Softball There will be a community level softball tournament July 11 at 10 a.m. near the Freedom Fitness Facility where players from the U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg community will play teams from USAG Stuttgart. The competition will feature both women's and men's team competing against each other. For more information, e-mail Charles.Williams@eur.army.mil or call 0951300-7597/8890. Women’s Softball Sign up for the Softball Community Women’s League at U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg on July 10 at 10 a.m. at Pendleton Field. Entry fee of $250 per team includes t-shirts and trophies. Tournament is open to first six teams that register. For more information, e-mail Charles.Williams@eur.army.mil or call 0951-300-7597. Mountain Bike Series Bamberg will host the Installation Management Command Europe mountain bike series Aug. 7. For more information call Outdoor Recreation at 0951300-9376. Hunting Course There is a hunting course planned to start Sept. 16. There will be an information class Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Golf Course Conference Room to measure the interest of the community’s participation in the course. The course is 60 hours long and will be finished the first week of November. Classes will be Monday and Thursday evenings and on Saturday. The hunting course costs $150 and attendees will have to spend between €400 and €600 during the course for range activities that are required. For more information, e-mail Bambergfishing@eur.army.mil or call 0951-300-9376. Bowling Lanes The Birchview Lanes Bowling Center is located in Building 7690. For more information, visit the FMWR website http://www.bamberg.army.mil/ directorates/dfmwr/bc.asp for latest updates and upcoming FMWR events or call 0951-300-7722.

Thurs.

June 24

Date Night (PG)

7 p.m.

Fri.

June 25

The Karate Kid (PG) (1st run)

7 p.m.

Sat.

June 26

Oceans (G)

3 p.m.

Kick Ass (R)

7 p.m.

Oceans (G)

3 p.m.

Karate Kid (PG) (1st run)

7 p.m.

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June 27

Mon.

June 28

The Karate Kid PG) (1st run)

7 p.m.

Thurs.

July 1

Kick Ass (R)

7 p.m.

Fri.

July 2

Toy Story 3 (G) 1st Run

3 p.m.

Death At A Funeral (R)

7 p.m.

Toy Story 3 (G) 1st Run

3 p.m.

Death At A Funeral (R)

7 p.m.

Toy Story 3 (G) 1st Run

3 p.m.

The Losers (PG-13)

7 p.m.

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Sun.

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July 4

Mon.

July 5

The Losers (PG-13)

7 p.m.

Thur.

July 8

The Losers (PG-13)

7 p.m.

Fri.

July 9

Grown Ups (PG-13) 1st Run

7 p.m.

Sat.

July 10

Furry Vengeance (PG)

3 p.m.

Knight And Day (N/A) 1st Run

7 p.m.

Furry Vengeance (PG)

3 p.m.

Grown Ups (PG-13) 1st Run

7 p.m.

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July 11

Mon.

July 12

Knight And Day (N/A) 1st Run

3 p.m.

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July 15

A Nightmare On Elm Street (R)

7 p.m.

Fri.

July 16

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13)(1str Run)

7 p.m.

Sat.

July 17

The Last Airbender (PG)(1strun)

3 p.m.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13)(1str Run)

7 p.m.

The Last Airbender (PG)(1strun)

3 p.m.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13)(1str Run)

7 p.m.

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July 18

Youth and Teens Author Visit Army Europe Libraries continues its “Conversations” series in July with Judy Sierra, best-selling and beloved children’s book author of Wild About Books and The Sleepy Little Alphabet. Sierra will visit USAG Hohenfels Library on July 19, USAG Grafenwoehr Library on July 20 and USAG Schweinfurt Library on July 21. For more information, call 06221-57-6678 or visit www.library.eur.army.mil/conversations. Volleyball Camp There will be a Department of Defense Dependents Schools - Europe and Amateur Athletic Union sanctioned volleyball camp at Vilseck's Rose Barracks in August. Elementary and Middle School Camp is scheduled for Aug. 18-20. The cost for Elementary / Middle School is $75. High School Camp is scheduled for Aug. 21-24. The cost for High School is $150. All campers will be required to have a valid physical to participate. For more information, call 0966-283-2864 or e-mail brian.swenty@eu.dodea.edu.

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Robin Hood (PG-13)

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July 22

Iron Man 2 (PG-13)

7 p.m.

Fri.

July 23

MacGruber (G)

7 p.m.

Sat.

July 24

Despicable Me (PG)(1st Run)

3 p.m.

Predators (Not yet Rated)(1st Run)

7 p.m.

Theater Auditions The Stable Theater is scheduled to have Performances, Recalls, Orchestration, Plays and Stagecraft auditions in front of Missoula Children’s Theater staff Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. If chosen, participants must commit to five days of four hour rehearsals Monday through Friday. For more information, e-mail Archie.Johnson1@eur.army.mil or Jack.Austin@eur.army.mil.


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Youth Golf Child and Youth Services will have a golf prep clinic for 3-5 and 6-15 year olds on July 19-23 and August 9-13 at Whispering Pines. Times for 3-5 year olds is 9-10 a.m. at a cost of $20 and 6-15 year olds is 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at $30. For details, e-mail Archie.Johnson1@eur.army.mil. Aqua Barons Meet new people and become a part of the Aqua Barons team. Get into shape and stay in shape by swimming. Earn awesome rewards like trophies, medals, ribbons and even a varsity letter. Travel around Europe for swim meets in places like Italy, Spain, Belgium, England and many more places. For more information about the Aqua Barons, e-mail bambergaquabarons@yahoo.com. Volunteers Needed The Bamberg Middle High School is seeking volunteers for tutoring students in any subject at the middle and/or high school level. If you would like to help out, call Celeste Rush 0951 -300-8874 or e-mail celeste.rush@eu.dodea.edu.

Entertainment and Leisure Free Admission The American Association of Museums, in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts is offering free admission to various museums across the United States this summer to active duty military personnel and their immediate families. Although not all museums are participating, http:// www.nea.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/index.ph will provide you with the museums participating. Blue Star Museums is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 700 museums in all 50 states to offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families through Sept. 6. Outreach KONTAKT Club Events The Outreach KONTAKT Club is an Army in Europe program designed to promote German and American friendship. The Outreach KONTAKT bowling team meets Fridays at 7 p.m. at Birchview Lanes. On Thursdays the music group meets at 8 p.m. at the KONTAKT clubhouse on the airfield. For more information, contact the German president Klaus Kirchhof at 095124378 or at b.k.kirchhof@web.de or contact the American project officer Capt. Carlos Rivera at 0951-300-1610 or at Carlos.rivera2@eur.army.mil.

Outside the Gate Weekend events in and around Bamberg June 26 - July 29 Many local villages will be hosting Kirchweih festivals, an annual event that celebrates the anniversary of the founding of the town’s church. Often, the local brewery will make a special beer for the event, which also includes food, music and games. For more information on Kirchweih festivals log on to the website www.kirchweihkalender-bamberg.deplaza/kerwa.neo Friday, June 26 3:45 p.m. “Lauschangriff Festival 2009” Open air concert - 23 bands perform live music for this three day festival at Jahnwiese Bamberg, Galgenfuhr 30, Bamberg 6:30 p.m. “Hänsel & Gretel” (in German) opera at Marionette-Theater, Untere Sandstrasse 30, Bamberg – tickets avalible at www.bvd-ticket.de 8 p.m. “Barry Foley” live country music at Blues Bar, Obere Sandstrasse 18, Bamberg 8 p.m. “Classical concert” at the orangerie of Seehof castle, Memmelsdorf 11 p.m. “Housebar event meets Mojow” at Mojow-Club, Obstmarkt 8, Bamberg (Cocktail Happy Hour - 12:30 a.m.) Saturday, June 27 12 p.m. “Saturday concert” organ concert at cathedral Kaiserdom Bamberg, Domplatz, Bamberg 1 p.m. “Lauschangriff Festival 2009” Open air concert - 23 bands perform live music for this three day festival at Jahnwiese Bamberg, Galgenfuhr 30, Bamberg 2 p.m. “Canalissimo” festival with various crafts booths, live music and in the evening the river will be lit up with around 2000 candles (between section 100 of the canal and the Untere Brücke) – in case of inclement weather the event will be held on Sunday 7:30 p.m. “Rose garden serenades” live classical music at the rose garden, New Residence, Bamberg – tickets available at www.bvd-ticket.de

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Continuing Education Enroll in June and Save University of Phoenix will waive the application fee and resource fees associated with your first graduate class when you enroll during the month of June, a savings of up to $150. For more information, call 0951-208-535 or e-mail Leah.Gransbery@phoenix.edu. Praxis Exam The Praxis exam for teacher’s licensure and certification is being offered at the Education Center July 26-28. Deadline to register is June 9. For more information about the test, e-mail Michael.lapp2@us.army.mil or call 0951300-7382. University of Phoenix The University of Phoenix is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. - noon. UOP is located at the Warner Barracks Army Education Center, Building 7047, Room 309. Leah Gransbery, University of Phoenix field representative, can help you start your master’s program. Online and on-site courses are available and degrees can be achieved in 15 - 24 months. For more information, call 0951-208-5350. Federal Aid Students are encouraged to explore the many financial aid opportunities available while enrolled in UMUC Europe, including grants, low-interest loans and monthly payment plans. The 2010-2011 Free Application for Federal Student Aid application is now available for students to begin applying for 2010-2011 federal financial aid. Grants may be used along with Veterans Affairs benefits, scholarships, military Tuition Assistance and military spouse tuition assistance. For more information on registration, financial aid and services, contact a local UMUC Europe field representative, call 314-370- 6762 or 06221-3780, or visit www.ed.umuc.edu. Learning Lessons Join the University of Phoenix June 25 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at the Bamberg Education Center, for a quick learning session on American Psychological Association style, or APA. The session is intended to improve writing skills by tackling the six most common APA errors and the four most common writing errors made by college students. This event is open to the community at no cost. For more information, call 0951-208-5350.

11 p.m. “Diskopolente” old school classics at Mojow-Club, Obstmarkt 8, Bamberg (11:00-12:30 is Cocktail Happy Hour) 11 p.m. “SCHWOF” various live bands and DJ rock party at Live-Club, Obere Sandstrasse 7, Bamberg Sunday, June 28 11 a.m. “Canalissimo” festival with various crafts booths and live music at Alter Kanal, Am Kanal, Bamberg 11 a.m. “Lauschangriff Festival 2009” Open air concert - 23 bands perform live music for this three day festival at Jahnwiese Bamberg, Galgenfuhr 30, Bamberg 2 p.m. “Fisher’s fest” at Fischerhäuschen (next to Aldi grocery store), Hauptstrasse, 96120 Bischberg Monday, June 29 7 p.m. Piano-Live at Hofbräu Restaurant & Bar, Karolinenstr. 7, Bamberg 9 p.m. “SCHWOF” the cult disco party, all drinks are half price at LiveClub, Obere Sandstrasse 7, Bamberg. Special exhibits and festivals: Until July 4 Mozart Festival in Würzburg, classical music and more (OpenAir,”Night music” etc.), visit www.mozartfest-wuerzburg.de, Mozartfest-Würzburg, Oeggstrasse 2, 97070 Würzburg, or call 0931-372336 9 a.m. (Tuesdays-Sunday) From Romanticism to the Years of Industrial Expansion – culture of the bourgeois in the 19th century (Von der Romantik bis zur Gründerzeit - Bürgerkultur im 19. Jahrhundert in Bamberg), Historisches Museum, Domplatz 7, 96049 Bamberg, call 0951-87-1142. 9 a.m. (Tue-Sun) 100 Master Works,from Lucas Cranach to Pieter Breughel and Otto Modersohn, 7 centuries of art,Historisches Museum, Domplatz 7, 96049 Bamberg, Telefon 0951-87-11 42. 10 a.m. (Tue-Sun) „Craftspeople, Warriors, Chiefs“ (Handwerker, Krieger, Stammesfürsten) (early German history), . Fränkische Schweiz-Museum, Am Museum 5, 91278 Pottenstein09242164, info@fsmt.de , www.fsmt.de.


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service positions. To join the team, log on to www.aafes.com today. For more information, call the AAFES Human Resource Office at 0951-303-159. (4/29/10)

AUTOMOBILES 2000 Ford W indstar. Automatic Transmission, power locks/doors, dark blue, seats 7, passed inspection. Asking $2,000.00. email: willitina4@aol.com or call 0171-487-8756. .(6/10/10)

Please call us and tell us when you sell your item so we can remove the advertisement. Thank you.

EMPLOYMENT U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg Community Chapel has a non-personal service contract opportunity for a Protestant Religious Education Coordinator. We anticipate a performance period of 15 July 2010 through 14 July 2011. Interested parties should contact the Bamberg Regional Contracting Office for a copy of the solicitation packet# W912PG-10-T0099 which will be used for submission. For additional information contact Bamberg RCO commercial tel.: 0951-3009408, DSN: 469-9408 or http:// www.usacce.army.mil/frc/default.htm ; or Kyeyong Thornton at the Chapel at Commercial Tel.: 0951-300-8879 DSN 4698879. Please submit your application no later than 6 p.m. July 9, 2010. (6/24/10) Automotive Technology instructors are needed. Central Texas College-Europe is accepting applications for Automotive instructors who have an associate’s degree or higher and a minimum of five years work experience in the maintenance field or a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years work experience in the maintenance field. For more information, call Brenda McNeil at 0951-300-7467.(4/29/10) AAFES Bamberg is accepti ng applications for entry-level retail and food

1988 BMW 523i for sale, new brakes, wipers, with all-season tires. Automatic transmission, passes inspection. Traveled much of Europe with this sturdy classic. E-mail outwestsd@yahoo.com or call 0151-2410-9491; $2,800 OBO. (4/22/10) 2009 Mini Cooper S Turbo; Chili Red with black racing stripes; A/C; power steering, windows and door locks; power brakes; tilt steering wheel; cruise control; Steptronic transmission; convenience package; Bluetooth upgrade; Harmon Kardon sound system; CD; cold weather package; leather; Alarm system; Xenon headlights; rear fog lamps; navigation system w/European maps; all-season tires; rubber floor mats; carpet mats (new/unused); free shipping to U.S.; under warranty; 8,800 miles (14,600 km); KBB list $25,830 asking $24,000. For more information, call 0951-297-3984 or e-mail lance.winters1@us.army.mil. (5/18/10) 1994 Renault R19 for sale for $1,000. New brakes and starter, winter and summer tires included. Manual transmission, good car to get around in. Inspected in October 2009. E-mail gonzosgirl51@yahoo.com or call 0170907-9377. (4/2/10)

FOR SALE For Sale: All 220v items must go! Transformers, Navigon Car GPS (Europe Maps only), AFN Decoder, Fans, Cell phones, Deep Fryer, Sandwich (Penini) grill, Portable Air Conditioner, Alarm clocks, Power strips, Irons, too much to list after five years of accumulation. Absolutely priced for immediate sell.

Trips and Travel Opportunities Take a trip with Bamberg Outdoor Recreation in June

Registration for trips begins the 15th of the month before the scheduled trip and must be made no later than the Monday before the scheduled leave date or they may be cancelled. To sign up or for more information, go to Outdoor Recreation, Building 7116 or call 0951-300-9376/7955. All trips depart and arrive from ODR unless otherwise noted. No refund will be given for no-shows. Military duty restraint or illness will be refunded with documentation. For more trips, visit http://www.bamberg.army.mil/directorates/dfmwr/odr.asp.

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Anything not sold by 30 June will be donated to the 391st CSSB FRSA. Self pick up. Call Jason or Gena at 0151-53968314 or 0171-782-7619 or e-mail genamarcum@yahoo.com for more information. (6/24/10) For Sale: George Foreman (Big George) GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Electric Barbeque Grill. Excellent condition, only used three times. $50 Call Bryan at 0951-1857255 or e-mail at brhodes@engineer.com. (5/11/10) For Sale: Single family home 10 kilometers outside of Bamberg. Call 0162 -271-7565 for details. (4/1/10) For Sale: Located in Bamberg, Pier 1 dining room table with six chairs. Excellent condition. Two years old. New cost was $1,300, asking $700 or best offer. Self pick up. Call Randy at 0160781-5496 or e-mail riesr@t-online.de for pictures or more information. (4/14/10) For Sale: Early American bedroom set. All wood – no particle-board. 5-drawer chest of drawers, 3-drawer dresser with mirror, 2-drawer night stand, and full/ queen headboard. Very good condition. Asking $450 or best offer. For more information or to see pictures contact sgmsnco@yahoo.com.

MISCELLANEOUS A Soldier left a Class A uniform coat on the bus during the Soldier Reception program on May 20. To claim the coat, call the Bamberg Public Affairs Office at 0951-300-1600. The Bamberg Hospitality House supports the ministry of the Warner Barracks C hapel by of f eri ng addi ti onal opportunities for discipleship, Bible study, fellowship (that includes food, often!), weekend activities, etc. Join us Friday nights for 6:30 p.m. dinner and Bible study at our home (Sonnenstrasse 7; 96175 Pettstadt; e-mail www.cadence.org/huisjen or call 095028037). Join us on Sundays at the 11 a.m. for the Protestant service (Post Chapel). Now forming Mexican Ballet Folklorico. No experience is necessary. Adults only, must be willing to purchase own costume

For more information, call 0951-301-79544. (5/14/10) The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of the lithium-ion batteries used in Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebook computers. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. The recalled lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. Consumers should immediately remove the batteries referenced above from their notebook computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in this recall (even if the battery was previously checked). Consumers with recalled batteries will receive a free replacement battery. After removing the recalled battery from their notebook computer, consumers may use the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives. HP recommends that only batteries obtained from HP or an HP authorized reseller be used with HP notebook PCs. For additional information, visit the HP Battery Replacement Program website at http://www.hp.com/ support/BatteryReplacement or call 888202-4320 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (Central Time) Monday through Friday.

and lunch. Includes transportation, equipment & instruction. Departs from ODR at 8 a.m. and returns about 6 p.m. July 3-6 Garmisch Adventure Weekend $125 Take in the breathtaking beauty of Garmisch, Germany, on an adventure weekend that includes biking, hiking, climbing, and possibly kayaking. Trip includes transportation and three nights lodging at double occupancy. The bus departs July 3 from ODR at 9 a.m. and returns July 6 at 10 p.m.

July 8 Tour Under Bamberg $20 This unique trip through tunnels under Bamberg gives you a view of the city that shouldn’t be missed. The tunnels are generally cool and damp. Wear June 21 Solstice Hike $20 appropriate clothing and bring a flashlight. The bus departs from ODR at 5 On the longest day of the year, celebrate the summer solstice with an p.m. and returns at 7:30 p.m. evening hike to the Walberla Plateu in Little Swiss. Although the solstice only Berlin City Tour $60 lasts a split second, the memories will last a lifetime. Pack your dinner for a July 10 A cultural haven for any explorer, Berlin has something for every taste. Visit picnic at the top. Departs from ODR at 5:30 p.m. and returns about 9 p.m. Brandenburg Tor, Reichstag, Alexanderplatz, Checkpoint Charlie, KaDeWe, June 26 Prague City Tour $60 Jewish memorials and more. The trip includes transportation and a city tour. Containing one of the world’s most pristine and varied collections of Children ages 4-12 are $40; children 3 and under are $20. The bus departs architecture, Prague is a vibrant city. Trip includes transportation and a city from the Chapel Parking Lot at 5 a.m. and returns at 11 p.m. tour. Children ages 4-12 are $40; children 3 and under are $20. The bus July 10 White Water Kayak $25 departs from the Chapel parking lot at 5 a.m. and returns about 11 p.m. June 26 White Water Kayak $25 Perfect for beginners. Learn the basics of white water kayaking on the Perfect for beginners. Learn the basics of white water kayaking on the Wiesent in Little Swiss. Please wear a swimsuit, water shoes and bring Wiesent in Little Swiss. Please wear a swimsuit, water shoes, bring drinks drinks and lunch. The trip includes transportation, equipment and instruction. The bus departs from ODR at 8 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m.


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Sgt. Maj. Cameron Porter

Sgt. Stephen Hicks and Spc. Aaron Lloyd near the finish line at around the 2 hours and 45 minute mark during the 12-mile ruck march portion of the Expert Field Medical Badge testing June 12 at Baumholder Training Area.

21st TSC Soldiers compete for coveted expert field medical badge By Sgt. Fay Conroy, 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs BAUMHOLDER, Germany – Twenty-one medics from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command competed for the notoriously

difficult Expert Field Medical Badge qualification badge June 7-12 at the Baumholder Training Area here. One of the hardest badges to earn in the Army, the average pass rate for EFMB is 10

to 15 percent. As of day four, the 21st TSC had a pass rate above 40 percent, said Master Sgt. Michael Binosa, the senior medical noncommissioned officer from the 21st TSC Surgeon’s Office. Binosa was also one of the board members who oversaw the set up and validation of this year’s EFMB course at Baumholder. The candidates, from across U.S. Army Europe, arrived at the testing site the week prior to undergo a week-long train up. “It’s been better than previous EFMBs in that we had a train up week, but it’s been 10 times more exhausting because of the train up week,” said Sgt. Stephen Hicks, a medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st TSC, who is on his third attempt to earn the EFMB. “However, it helped out a lot because obviously we still have a lot of people left in the competition.” The Soldiers were required to earn goes in all events.

Sgt. Fay Conroy

Sgt. Jeremy Argiro, a medic with the 54th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade, begins the decontamination phase at one of the combat testing lanes during Expert Field Medical Badge testing June 10 at Baumholder Training Area.

They had to receive goes on three different combat testing lanes, which tested medical abilities and warrior tasks and drills. They also had to pass the day and night portion (MEDIC continued on page 12)


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Bamberg’s Operation Rising Star to begin in August By Simon Hupfer, USAG Bamberg Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Become the next U.S. Army Rising Star. Show your stage talent at Bamberg’s Stable Theater and move on to the finals in the U.S. with the Army’s 2010 singing competition Operation Rising Star, which is based on the TV show “American Idol.” ORS is one of hundreds of programs the Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command provides for Soldiers and their Families. Bamberg’s local ORS winner will receive $300 for his or her unit or Family Readiness Group. The first round of Bamberg’s ORS will be Aug. 6 at 7 p.m.; round two is scheduled for Aug. 27. The top three singers will perform on the stage during Soldier Family Appreciation Day on Sept. 10. Applications are being accepted now and sign-up forms are available at www.OpRisingStar.com. Courtesy Photo

Bamberg appears to be a good place for singing talent. In 2008, Joyce Dodson, currently stationed in Bamberg as a Family Readiness Support Assistant for the 173rd Special Troops Battalion, won the contest. Forty-six installations sent hundreds of singers into the competition. “It needs determination, the gift and skill of singing, and the desire in participation,” Dodson said.

Chaplain (Capt.) Don Williamson made second place in Operation Rising Star all-Army competition in 2009. As a Chaplain in the Army, he has been considered one of the most talented singing Soldier. First place winner Lisa Pratt won the contest being a civilian. Both were part of the Army Entertainment Division’s TV production, broadcasted live on the Pentagon channel. The chaplain had the advantage of a good musical education through various choirs as a child and member of an A-Cappella group as an adult.

She also had a tip for all competitors. “For the local competition, choose a song that the people know and that gets them going,” she said.

First place winner Pratt, like Dodson in 2008, earned an allexpenses-paid trip to record a three-song demo Compact Disk at DMI Music’s Firehouse Recording Studios in Pasadena, Calif.

In 2009, Bamberg’s candidate Chaplain (Capt.) Don Williamson made second place in the all-Army competition.

“I never knew that Operation Rising Star was going to open all these doors for me,” Pratt said.

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“I usually just write my own material,” Rao said. “I like to think of myself as a songwriter more than a performer. James and I are working on my own stuff. He’s actually producing some of it.” The mixer can be intimidating, but James was able to really provide a good idea of what it’s about, Rao said. If you plan on a career in music, you have to know about the mixing and recording side. Another member of the current class is high school senior Wyatt Hamilton. Hamilton took an interest in the recording class after volunteering as a technical assistant for some of the theater’s productions. “I thought that it would be interesting to try out because I’d like to learn more about sound and things like that,” Hamilton said. “It’s a cool skill to have.” Rao plans to use what he’s learned to enhance and edit his songs. “As far as I’m concerned personally, as a songwriter, I’m impressed just by what technology can do to your original material,” Rao said. “I mean a song is simple, but you can make it fly with the technology you have here, like a mixer.”

own setups at home and they've got a much better idea of how to get the most out of it now.” No prior experience is needed to take the workshop, Frederick said. “I wasn’t doing anything with music at all and I understand what’s going on,” Hamilton said. “Anybody who thinks it’d be interesting should totally come on down and check it out.” Frederick said that anyone can come and rent the studio whether they’ve completed a course or not and he will assist them. “The class on the other hand is designed to get the participants to a place where they can run the sessions themselves and as a result use the room at a discounted rate,” he said. The next beginner’s session begins on June 29 and classes for the first intermediate course will start July 1. Though he leaves Bamberg next month, Rao said he definitely would have enrolled in the intermediate class if time had allowed.

Frederick said he has seen evidence of the course’s success in his students’ increased capabilities.

“There's really a lot of information to cover and four, eight, 12 classes aren't going to turn you into a recording engineer, though it'll point you in the right direction,” Frederick said. “The intermediate workshop goes much deeper into the topics we covered in the beginner sessions and continuing to put them into practice.”

“I think it's really lit a fire underneath those that have completed the course already,” he said. “I know some of them are working on their

For more information or to enroll in the workshop, call the Stable Theater at 0951-300-8647.


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of land navigation, pass a written test, and complete the timed 12-mile road march. Although the candidates will be given two opportunities to pass the written test, if they receive a no go on any of the lanes or fail to pass the land navigation portion or the road march, they are immediately disqualified from earning the EFMB. “It’s not difficult tasks. It’s tediousness that you have to do everything in a specific sequence, and if you miss one tiny step – one task could have 160 sub tasks – you miss the whole thing,” said Spc. Dayna Taylor, a medic with the 529th Military Police Company, 95th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, 21st TSC. Despite the grueling ordeal, the right to wear the EFMB is something that all of the

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thing. I think that they have gone through a lot. It’s tough. It’s a lot of hard work and to actually get something – that’s pretty prestigious. It says a lot about your character. It means a lot about who you are as a person, as a Soldier and as a medic.” Soldiers who met all the challenges of EFMB received their badges in a ceremony June 12 at Smith Barracks in Baumholder after completing the 12-mile ruck march. Six 21st TSC Soldiers met the challenge and earned the coveted badge. “They are part of something bigger than themselves. They are associating themselves with excellence,” said Binosa. “I’m extremely proud of them for all of their hard work and dedication to come out here and their unit that supported them coming out here.”

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Spc. Christopher Brown, an automated logistical specialist with the 240th Quartermaster Supply Company, 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade in Bamberg, Germany, and a WOY competitor, talked about why he took this competition personally. “It makes me stronger. Everything I do I do it for my son, so he will have somebody to look up to. That is my push,” said Brown. The competition was capped off with an exhausting situational training exercise course filled with multiple collective tasks to see how the participants fared in a crisis situation. The sequence of events concluded with a board appearance, which was presided over by Command Sgt. Maj. James Spencer, the command sergeant major of the 21st TSC. After the Soldiers completed the competition, the warriors headed to Panzer Kaserne parade field in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where they were reunited with Families and Soldiers from their home units to enjoy a barbeque in celebration of making it through the arduous three-day competition. After commending all the Soldiers for their hard work, Maj. Gen. Patricia McQuistion, the commanding general for the 21st TSC, announced before a large audience that Sgt. Richard Hunter, the communications noncommissioned officer for the 240th QM Co., 391st CSSB, 16th Sust. Bde. was the 21st TSC Warrior Leader of the Year. McQuistion then announced Spc. Michael Freas Jr., a human resources specialist for the 7th Warrior Training Brigade, 7th Civil Support Command from Grafenwoehr, Germany, as the 21st TSC Warrior of the Year. Hunter said it was the culmination of several things that helped him to achieve the top Warrior Leader honors for the 21st TSC. “Determination, dedication, and a lot of hard work, sweat and tears were poured into the preparation for the outcome of this competition,” said Hunter. Freas said the assistance he received from his leadership was significant in his winning the competition. “I have been receiving a lot of support from my unit. They have been very helpful and my NCO support channel has backed me up the whole way,” said Freas. Hunter and Freas will represent the 21st TSC at the U.S. Army Europe Warrior and Warrior Leader of the Year competition later this year.

After Hours Emergency Care For emergency medical care outside of the Bamberg Health Clinic’s business hours, dial 114 on a German phone line or call the Bamberg Military Police at 0951-300-8700. For emergency dental care outside of the dental facility’s business hours, a dentist is on call and can be contacted by dialing 0951-3007492.


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Army Family Action Plan: process for continuously improving quality of life for the Army Community WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, one of the most important duties I have is overseeing the Army Family Action Plan process.

very positive and wide-reaching affects for the Army Community. For example: 2009 - Distribution of Montgomery GI Bill benefits approved for dependents; 2008 - Military annual leave carryover increased from 60 to 75 days; 2007 - Established toll-free Wounded in Action phone number; improved communication to Families.

The AFAP is the Army's grassroots effort in which members of the Army Community (Soldiers, Civilians, Families and Retirees) identify and elevate significant quality of life issues affecting the Army Community to senior leaders for action. The AFAP is also a key component of the Army Family Covenant because it gives commanders and other Army leader's insight into needs and expectations of the Army Community. Simply stated, AFAP is a voice for the Army Community to inform and partner with Army leaders to determine if we're doing the right things, whether we're doing things right and to find out what we're missing.

I want you and every member of the Army Community to know about the AFAP, understand how it works and to become a partner in the process. The AFAP allows you to communicate with and receive feedback from the most senior military and civilian leaders of the Army and Department of Defense about issues important to the health and well-being of Soldiers, Civilians and Family Members. Here's how it works: The AFAP is a yearround process that begins on installations where representatives of the community meet in forums to identify, develop and prioritize issues they believe are important to maintain a good standard of living for the Army Community. Approximately, 90 percent of the AFAP issues that emerge are resolved at the local level and result in ongoing community improvements. However, some issues require support beyond the local level. Those issues are elevated to mid-level (Army command) AFAP conferences. Issues that require the attention of higher-level authorities go to the Headquarters Department of the Army AFAP Conference, where delegates from across the Army determine which issues will be worked by the Army Staff. The AFAP General Officer Steering Committee, comprised of senior DoD officials, Army leaders and field representatives (commanders and command sergeants major), meets every six months to provide senior leader direction on action plans, milestones and resolution of AFAP issues. In the six months since the last AFAP GOSC meeting, functional representatives from the DA staff and I have met for six AFAP sessions, reviewing 86 active

As you can see, the AFAP has an excellent record of success. Some 117 AFAP recommendations have resulted in legislative changes; 162 resulted in Department of the Army policy changes; and 178 improved programs or services.

AFAP issues. During those sessions we studied the history and latest developments for each issue, then decided on a recommended status (remain active, complete, or unattainable) to present to the AFAP GOSC for consideration. After I present our recommendations to the GOSC on 30 June, we will determine the next steps and status for each issue. The results from this GOSC, as well as previous GOSC meetings, are available on the new and improved AFAP website. The AFAP Website is conveniently located in www.myarmyonesource.com to provide the Army Community with easy one-stopshopping for Army information, including meeting results from the January GOSC and previous meetings. The AFAP website has been improved by the addition of the Active Issue Search Application. This new feature allows users to search the status of all issues using several filter options, such as keywords, issue status, service component, subject, demographic group, command and more. The Army is dedicated to building awareness of AFAP across the Army and ensuring everyone has full access to AFAP recommendations and accomplishments and knows how to become a partner in the process. As the ACSIM, I am committed to ensuring all AFAP Recommendations are thoroughly analyzed to determine if they are realistically achievable based on factors such as, Congressional support, cost and other factors. I am also committed to ensuring that the GOSC provides the Army Community with the results of our analysis and decisions as quickly as possible. This is important work. Previous recommendations submitted through the AFAP process have had

But our work is not complete. The following is just a sample of the AFAP recommendations we will be working on at the next GOSC: *AFAP Issue Recommendation #610. Establish a comprehensive integrated rehabilitative program for Traumatic Brain Injury patients at military Medical Centers of Excellence. *AFAP Issue Recommendation #653. Fund a formal program to provide service dogs for Wounded Warriors. *AFAP Issue Recommendation #658. Install visual monitoring systems for surveillance of hallways, common areas and parking lots, and require keyless entry and peep holes in barracks across the Army. *AFAP Issue Recommendation #647. Require the availability of 24/7 child care for all age groups through Child, Youth and School Services delivery systems at all Army garrisons. Now that you know more about this grassroots process that was created to enable the Army Community to collaborate with leaders, from the installation level to Congress, get involved! I encourage you to go to the AFAP website and view the status of the 86 active issues. I also challenge you to become a partner with us in our continuing effort to improve our Army by contacting your garrison AFAP Program Manager within Army Community Service and becoming a volunteer, participating in an AFAP forum, or submitting an AFAP issue. Your contributions to the AFAP provide realtime information that enable commanders to respond more rapidly to resolve problems, implement good ideas, guide policy formation, and enhance Soldier, Civilian and Family well-being and installation readiness.


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