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New commander outlines vision for USAG Bamberg By Mindy Campbell, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs Loyalty and respect are important words in Lt. Col. Steven L. Morris‟ leadership philosophy. Those words resonate with the new U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg commander both in his personal and Army life. “My vision is fairly straightforward,” he said. “I believe in treating all the members here with the utmost dignity and respect. I know that being the commander of Bamberg is a duty position, but I want to earn their respect by how I conduct myself and by how well I take care of the Soldiers, civilians and, of course, all the Families that are here.” Morris, who replaced Lt. Col. Gary A. Rosenberg in a ceremony July 9, said he wants to continue to improve the lives of community members during his command. “I know I am going to make mistakes, but my heart and my focus will always be on the best things we can do for this community, both here inside the fence as well as within the German community,” he said. (VISION continued on page 14) Mindy Campbell
Lt. Col. Steven L. Morris, garrison commander, and Bonnie Kellem, EFMP program manager, check out some of the artwork created by the children in this summer’s EFMP camp July 14.
Army camp encourages fun, exercise for EFMP youth By Mindy Campbell, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs Balls were bouncing around and squeals of laughter could be heard one recent morning at the Freedom Fitness Facility when a group of students took to the gym. The students, about 15 children ranging in age from 5 to 11, were participating in the first Bamberg Exceptional Family Member Program summer camp. The camp, held from July 12-16, was open to anyone affiliated with EFMP, said Bonnie Kellem, program manager. EFMP is a comprehensive, coordinated program that provides community support, medical, housing and personnel services to Families with special needs members. A program aimed to help anyone who has either an educational or medical issue, EFMP issues range from mild to moderate, Kellem said. Examples of mild issues could be anything chronic such as diabetes or hypertension or an educational issue that requires an Individual Education Plan.
“A moderate issue is the same but it would just require more care from the physicians or more monitoring,” Kellem said. Currently, EFMP serves more than 16 percent of all Army Families, or more than 70,000 registered Family members, wrote Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, Installation Management Command commander, in a recent story on the program. Since its inception in 1979, the number of on- and off-post programs and services available to Families with special needs members have increased and become more diverse. “The EFMP is one way we can keep some of the most important promises articulated in the Army Family Covenant: providing access to high-quality medical care, educational opportunities and family programs that foster an environment in which Families can thrive,” Lynch wrote. Locally, the Bamberg community has 484 members registered in the program, Kellem said. (EFMP continued on page 8)
Lewis Pettit, left, and Nathan Kazmierski show off their dance moves playing a video game during the EFMP summer camp last week.
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Professor speaks on Army in Europe, race relations By Ashley Bateman, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs As a Soldier stationed overseas with the 176th Signal Company in the late 1950s, Raymond M. Weinstein experienced a Germany divided; not just by foreign occupiers, but by race. Weinstein spoke at U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg‟s post movie theater July 13, discussing America‟s presence as an occupying force in foreign territories since World War II and describing his own experiences as a G.I. in Cold War-era Germany. Weinstein, a professor of sociology at the University of South Carolina in Aiken, traveled to Germany this month to complete research for his memoir- a project that has been under construction for about 10 years and is nearing completion.
Master Sgt. Matthew S. Waldron, right, reads a plaque presented to Raymond M. Weinstein in appreciation for speaking at Warner Barracks July 13. Lt. Col. Steven L. Morris, center, also gave Weinstein a coin to take back with him to the United States. Weinstein is a professor of sociology at the University of South Carolina in Aiken and was visiting Germany to complete research on his memoir.
Gerhard Jochem, a Nuremberg-based archivist and historian, has assisted Weinstein in his research throughout the years and asked him to speak to an open audience at the Nurnberger Akademie on July 4. Weinstein offered to speak to the Bamberg community because of its proximity to Nuremberg. (PROFESSOR continued on page 13)
Warner Barracks crime rate spikes during summer months By Douglas DeMaio, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs No school, boredom and a lack of supervision appear to be the culprits for a spike in Bamberg‟s crime rate. During summer break, when children are out of school, there is a greater potential for adolescent crimes to occur and the consequences can be severe. “I believe the spike in crime is directly related to kids being out for the summer and not engaged in school-related activities,” said Bamberg Provost Marshal Maj. Seamus Garrett. “We have seen a significant increase over the last few weeks in juvenile related crimes both on and off post.” Adolescents have more time on their hands and less to do during the summer and according to one study published in 2009 by the American Youth Policy Forum, children who are left alone are more likely to watch excessive amounts of TV, are at greater risk for obe-
Lt. Col. Steven L. Morris U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, Commander USAG Bamberg, Public Affairs Officer Renate Bohlen Warner Weekly Staff Ashley Bateman (editor), Mindy Campbell, Douglas DeMaio, Capt. Megan L. Jantos, Cornelia Meyer-Olin
sity and health problems, are more likely to be victims of or commit crimes and are more susceptible to the temptations of smoking, drug use and sexual activity. There are a few factors for why there would be a spike to the crime rate, Garrett believed. “First, on a small post in Europe, it can be somewhat predictive in the sense that lots of kids in a small area who are bored will lead to an increased level of criminal behavior,” Garrett said. “Second, since one or both parents are at work during the day, juveniles have more unsupervised time on their hands and that can also lead to and increased crime rate.” Since daylight hours extend until 10 p.m., Garrett said that gives more time for juveniles to be out and potentially up to no good.
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Community mourns death of paratroopers Douglas DeMaio, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs Two paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team were remembered for the life they led, the people they were and the country they selflessly served at a memorial ceremony at the Bamberg Chapel on July 15. Spcs. Matthew R. Hennigan and Louis R. Fastuca, who were posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant, were killed in separate incidents during combat operations in Afghanistan. “The grief we feel throughout the entire battalion and the brigade as a whole is part of the sacrifice we make for our devotion to each other as brothers in arms,” said Capt. Mason Wilson, as he read remarks on behalf of Lt. Col. William Brown, 173rd Special Troops Battalion commander. “The grief we feel today is surpassed by our great love and admiration for Sgt. Hennigan. Sgt. Matthew Hennigan was everything that a commander wants in a Soldier ... a proud and professional paratrooper. People who knew Sgt. Hennigan all use the same four words to describe him; „what a great man.‟ Life was never dull
with Matthew around; his fellow Soldiers recall their times with a smile. Matthew was known to always be the life and soul of any gathering. Above all, Matthew was described as honest, open, and always laughing. A Soldier you could count on. A friend; a hero.” Hennigan was stationed in Bamberg and deployed to Afghanistan with the 173rd ABCT in the fall of 2009. His job in Afghanistan was to collect human intelligence. He died when enemy forces attacked his unit with machine-gun fire, according to a Department of Defense news release. Fastuca, was stationed in Camp Ederle, Italy, with the 173rd ABCT‟s 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment. “The world is a little less bright with his loss, yet we can carry on his light by using him as an example,” said Wilson as he read the remarks of Fastuca‟s commander, Capt. David Panian. “Just as he cared for all around him in life, he is without a doubt, now in God‟s caring arms. (MEMORIAL continued on page 13)
During a memorial service for Sgts Matthew R. Hennigan and Louis R. Fastuca, Pfc. Sharita Dean, 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, looks at coins presented by commanders at the memorial service July 15. Their photos were altered to represent their new ranks.
54th Engineer Battalion medics hone their skills Sgt. Robert Larson
Spc. Monteheir Hall, a medic for 541st Engineer Company, 54th Engineer Battalion, treats a casualty for bullet wounds while under simulated fire during the battalion’s medic recertification evaluations at the Bamberg local training area July 1. The evaluation was the end of a week-long training exercise involving roleplayers, blank rounds and other training aids to provide realistic training for the battalion’s medics.
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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.
Please send all announcements to Bamberg Public Affairs via the following website: http://www.bamberg.army.mil/mobi/form.asp. 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 to 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 Soldierdriven forum and service members will be given priority attendance. For more information, call Army Community Service at 0951-300-7777.
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.
CAC Cook-out Come to the Community Activity Center for Customer Appreciation Day cook-out July 28 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Enjoy free burgers and dogs as our show of appreciation for our customers. For more information, call 0951-300-8659. Estate Claims Anyone who has claims on or obligations to the estate of Sgt. Matthew R. Hennigan of the Special Troops Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade, should contact the summary court martial officer Chief Warrant Officer Gerald Kuruc at 0951-3008746. 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.
Weekly Reminders Flea Market There will be a Community Flea Market at the Community Activity Center 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 email@example.com or call 0951-3008659. German Classes Army Community Service, Relocation Readiness Program, offers free German classes every month. Beginner classes are scheduled Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. Intermediate classes are Tuesdays, noon to 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. Overseas Voters Submit your ballot request for the July and August state primaries. The following States will hold Primary Elections during the months of July and August on the dates indicated. 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 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org in addition to regular 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. Passport and Immigration Fees The rates for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and Passports have increased. The new rates are the following: Adult Passport Book Renewal: $110 Adult Passport Book Initial: $135 Child Passport Book: $105 Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA): $100 Visa Pages: $82 Additional Information on other consular rate increases is available at www.bamberg.army.mil/ directorates/dhr/passport.asp. Look for the rate increases link, which will be located near the top of the page. If you are the spouse of a deployed Soldier, you can still apply for your child‟s Consular Report of Birth. You can also apply for your child‟s passport with the proper paperwork. Failure to do either of these can result in you not leaving Germany on schedule. For more information, stop by the Passport Office located in Building 7290 between 8 a.m. and noon. For more information, call 0951-300-8928. 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
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 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 about the service, call 0951-300-8141 or e-mail email@example.com. Passport Office The Bamberg Passport Office has upgraded its website. You can now access all the informational handouts from the convenience of your home or office. Go to http:// www. bam berg. a rm y. m i l/ di rec t orat es / dhr/ passport.asp and select the appropriate link. For assistance in filling out the Passport Application, download the Application Wizards User‟s guide. 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. 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 0951-3001750. 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.
Thur. July 22, 2010/ VOL. 5, Issue 29 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 0951300-7777. 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 USAREURplated 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‟ 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. 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. 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. 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
Home.html or call the Camp Darby staff at 6337760.
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.
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holidays. Over-the-counter products and prescriptions may be purchased during 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 0951-300-7777. 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. 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 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 Camp Darby at firstname.lastname@example.org. To discover more about the programs of the Boy Scouts of America in Europe, visit the website at www.tac-bsa.org/
Teen Stress Each summer, the National Military Family Association‟s Operation Purple program provides a free week of camp for thousands of military youth who have a parent serving in the Uniformed Services. The National Military Family Association created a kit to give the people in military teens‟ lives a way to help them manage stress and affirm the positive aspects of military life. The messages in the tool kit summarize what the military teens said over the past few years at the camp. To obtain a copy of the tool kit and learn more, visit https://www.myarmyonesource.com/ News/2010/07/OperationPurple. Youth Sports Child, Youth and School Services Sports and Fitness fall sign ups are due July 30. Team sports offered are soccer (ages 3-15, $36), cheerleading (ages 8-14, $36), tackle football (ages 9-14, $84), flag football (ages 8-10, $36). All prices are season prices. Contact CYSS Parents Central Services, Building 7340 at 0951-300-8660 or sign up for Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Online Services at www.bamberg.army.mil/mwr for online registration and payment. 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 students is $75. The high school camp is scheduled for Aug. 21-24. The cost for high school students is $150. All campers are required to have a valid physical to participate. For more information about the camp, call 0966-283-2864 or e-mail email@example.com. Youth Golf Child, Youth and School Services will have a golf prep clinic for children and teens on Aug. 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. to noon costing $30. For details, e-mail Archie.Johnson1@eur.army.mil. 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. Auditions are open to children in grades one through twelve. E-
Thur. July 22, 2010/ VOL. 5, Issue 29 mail Archie.Johnson1@eur.army.mil or Jack.Austin@eur.army.mil for more information. 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 to places like Italy, Spain, Belgium, England and many more. For more information about the Aqua Barons, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 0951-3008874 or e-mail email@example.com.
Continuing Education School Registration Central Texas College Europe Term I registration begins July 26 and continues through the first day of class. Term I starts Aug. 16 and ends Oct. 8. Courses being offered this term include: Automotive Engine Theory on Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m.; Families, School and Community on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.; Child Abuse, Prevention & Investigation on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m.; Emergency Care Attendant (First Responder) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m.; and Introduction to the Hospitality Industry on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m.. Feel free to register early. For more information, contact the Bamberg Field Representative at 0951-300-7467 or stop by the Education Center, 3rd floor, Room 311. University Birthday University of Maryland University College Europe we will be celebrating 60 years of UMUC overseas Aug. 6 with parties throughout Europe and the Middle East. These events are free and open to the public. The public is invited to attend the festivities, which will include giveaways and a Europe-wide cake-cutting ceremony at noon. UMUC Europe headquarters will be hosting a party and barbecue in Heidelberg, Germany, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Patrick Henry Village Park at Pavilion 2. Federal Aid Students are encouraged to explore the many financial aid opportunities available while enrolled in UMUC Europe, including grants, lowinterest 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. 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
www.bamberg.army.mil program. Online and on-site courses are available and degrees can be achieved in 15 24 months. For more information, call 0951-2085350. German 101 Free Introduction to German is every Monday at noon at the community library. Participants will learn some German words and phrases. For more information, call 0951-300-1740.
Sports, Health and Fitness Mountain Bike Series Bamberg will host the Installation Management Command Europe Mountain Bike Series Aug. 7. For more information call Outdoor Recreation at 0951-300-9376. 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 community‟s interest in 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 0951-3009376.
Closures / Changes Tax Center The Bamberg Tax Center will be closed on July 26 - 27. For more information, call 0951-3008134 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 headquarters with the addon 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 Avenue will remain in the down position. In addition to these spaces, one customer slot for Building 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. 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. Dagger’s Inn Closed Dagger‟s Inn dining facility will be temporarily closed for pre-deployment training. For more information, call 0951-300-8448.
Vehicle Registration The Vehicle Registration Office will be closed at noon on July 30 due to yearly inventory. For more information, call 0951-300-7580 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. School Bus The School Bus Office will be closed from July 29 - Aug. 6. For more information, call 0951-300 -8543.
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. 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 0951-24378 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the American project officer Capt. Carlos Rivera at 0951-300-1610 or at Carlos.email@example.com.
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Locals learn hunting, fishing from a ‘Big Gun’ By Simon Hupfer, Bamberg Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Bamberg community members have an obvious bonus when it comes to learning hunting and fishing. Local hunting and fishing instructor David Burger, a Bamberg Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation employee, offers a big caliber of shooting sports. Burger aimed at the Bavarian state championship just recently, competing against local national riflemen from all over Bavaria. Burger represented his club, Würzburger Wurftauben Club, or claypigeon club, in the age-class 46-55 using a 12-gauge shotgun. This year the Bavarian skeet shooting competition was held at the Munich Olympic shooting range July 10 - 11. Although Burger, a certified Installation Management Command - Europe hunting and fishing instructor and member of the Bavarian Sport Shooting Association, didn‟t qualify for the German championship in Munich, he won his club‟s championship in the shooters class in 2009. Currently he is working as a Functional Administrator specialist for RecTrac and WebTrac database for FMWR. Since 2007, Burger‟s been teaching hunting and fishing courses as a volunteer at U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg. “With the hunting and fishing license, people can get the opportunity to obtain and own weapons while in Germany,” Burger said.
Certified Installation Management Command– Europe hunting and fishing instructor David Burger demonstrates the holding and aiming of a rifle. Burger recently competed against local national riflemen from all over Bavaria. For the upcoming fall hunting course, scheduled to start Sept. 16, Burger will host an information evening for all interested parties at the Golf Course conference roon on Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. (HUNTING continued on page 11)
Returning to U.S. with a foreign dependent requires planning By Omer Duru, JMTC Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
Fully complete Form I-130. When filing on behalf of a spouse, both the petitioner and beneficiary must complete separate copies of Form G-325A, Biographic forms.
While serving abroad, it is not uncommon for U.S. service members to find themselves falling in love, marrying a local and having children. After years of living with their new Families and serving their country, service members preparing to change station or exit service may be confronted with unforeseen legal issues when planning a return to the U.S. with a non-U.S. citizen spouse or stepchild.
A petition filed on behalf of a spouse must include passport-size photos of the petitioner and spouse.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents to submit an I-130 Alien Relative petition (I-130) on behalf of their foreign dependents, even if they have had command sponsorship for years. This process may take six to nine months to complete. Failing to do so may force the Soldier to depart, leaving his family behind to deal with USCIS paperwork.
member to send loved ones back to their home country before traveling to the United States. When going through the process of filing for an immigrant visa, petitioners must be sure to gather the following information in order to successfully complete their petition:
Make no mistake, travel orders alone will not cure or expedite the immigration process. If the foreign dependents are German, this could result merely in family separation, but if the foreign dependant is from another country, for example Mexico or the Philippines, failure to complete the USCIS requirements in time could force the service
USCIS must approve a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, submitted by mail or in person. File with USCIS in Frankfurt only if the petitioner is currently residing in Germany. If petitioner is not in Germany, the petition should be submitted to the local USCIS or U.S. Consular office. Petitioners should complete the following steps:
Include a filing fee of $355 for each petition. If mailing a petition, the fee must be paid in the form of a U.S. cashier‟s check, U.S. dollar money order, international bank draft made payable to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or by either Visa or MasterCard. If filing in person, cash may be used. Petitioners must submit documentation to establish the family relationship between the petitioner and beneficiary. Either a marriage license or birth certificate should suffice. If the petitioner or beneficiary had been previously married, copies of divorce decrees and death certificates will also be required. Certified English translations should accompany all German documents. State Department must issue an immigrant visa number and stamp the dependent‟s (DEPENDENT continued on page 14)
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EFMP youth to benefit from Boundless Playground Warner Barracks children will soon have a new playground to jump and swing on. The Exceptional Family Member Program was recently notified that the Installation Management Command Europe, through the Department of the Army, was awarded a $255,000 request for a Boundless Playground, said Bonnie Kellem, EFMP program manager. A Boundless Playground is an inclusive playground where children and adults of all abilities can have fun. The playgrounds build upon the foundation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and address the needs of children with physical, developmental, cognitive and sensory issues. Bamberg will be one of only three sites in Europe, including Grafenwoehr and Kaiserslautern, that have Boundless Playgrounds. “We are really excited about this,” Kellem said. “Anybody with mobility issues will be able to play here. It will be totally inclusive for all people.”
Iron Man 2 (PG-13)
Despicable Me (PG)(1st Run)
Predators (Not yet Rated)(1st Run)
Just Wright (PG)
Despicable Me (PG)(1st Run)
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Many community members, though, don‟t want to be registered in EFMP because they think it has a bad stigma and are worried it might affect their career, Kellem said. “EFMP gets a bad rap,” Kellem said. “Parents don‟t want to be enrolled in the program because they think it will limit their assignments.” However, the program plays an important role in caring for family members by ensuring that they will receive the same services as they move from post to post, she said. “When Families move to a new area, they need a community that best supports their Family,” said Kellem, who serves as a liaison between the family and the community. “When Families move here, they will find the same level of care. We want it to be a seamless move with seamless care. We want continuity.” Kellem‟s aim for the camp is for the children to have a fun-filled week. Each day of the camp the children participated in different themed activities including yoga, sports, crafts, bowling and music. “I am trying to promote inclusiveness, which is in line with both the garrison and Army philosophies,” Kellem said. The camp is a wonderful opportunity for both EFMP children and their parents, said Lt. Col. Steven L. Morris, U. S. Army Garrison Bamberg commander, who commended Kellem and her staff for putting on the successful event. “It is a great event that supports our children,” he said. “For one week of the summer, the EFMP children can just feel like children. It‟s all about taking care of the Soldier and it shows by the smile on their faces.” The camp gives children the chance to relax and have fun, said Kim Bradley, a respite care provider who was helping run the camp. “Kids can be so cruel,” she said. “This is a way for the EFMP kids to play in a fair environment.” The summer camp seemed to be a hit with the children. Lewis Pettit, 7, said he thought the camp was pretty cool. “My favorite thing has been playing dodgeball and basketball,” he said. “I think this is great because you don‟t want kids to do nothing, do you? That would be just rude.” For more information about the EFMP program, contact Bonnie Kellem at 0951-300-7777.
Predators (Not yet Rated)(1st Run)
Letters to Juliet (PG)
Inception (PG-13)(1st Run)
The Sorcerer‟s Apprentice (PG)(1st Run)
Shrek Forever After (PG)
The Sorcerer‟s Apprentice (PG)(1st Run)
Sex and the City 2 (R)
Inception (PG-13)(1st Run)
Letters to Juliet (PG)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PG-13)
Ramona and Beezus (G)(1st Run)
Salt (PG-13)(1st Run)
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information, contact Bamberg RCO commercial at 0951-300-9408 or visit http:// www.usacce.army.mil/frc/default.htm. Please submit your application no later than 6 p.m. Aug. 18. (7/21/10) Central Texas College is looking for qualified criminal justice instructors. Applicants should have a two-year degree from a regionally accredited school with a minimum five years of work experience in the field or a four-year degree from a regionally accredited school with three years of work related experience. If interested, contact the Bamberg representative at 0951-300-7467, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Education Center. (7/19/10)
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EMPLOYMENT USAG Bamberg Community Chapel has a non-personal service contract opportunity for a Lutheran musician. We anticipate a performance period of Aug. 1, 2010 through July 31, 2011. Interested parties should contact the Bamberg Regional Contracting Office for a copy of the solicitation packet #W912PG-10-T0101 which will be used for submission. For additional information contact Bamberg RCO at 0951-300-9408 or visit http://www.usacce.arm y.mil/frc/ default.htm; Please submit your application no later than 6 p.m. July 22. (7/14/2010) U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg Community Chapel has a non-personal service contract opportunity for a Protestant Musician. We anticipate a performance period of Sept. 15 through Sept. 14, 2011. Interested parties should contact the Bamberg Regional Contracting Office for a copy of the solicitation packet #W912PG-10-T-0109 which will be used for submission. Please submit your application no later than midnight on Aug. 9. For additional information, contact Bamberg RCO commercial at 0951-300-9408 or visit http://www.usacce.army.mil/frc/ default.htm. For more information, call Kyeyong Thornton at the Chapel at 0951300-8879. (7/14/10) U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg Community Chapel has a non-personal service contract opportunity for a Catholic Religious Education coordinator. We anticipate a performance period of Sept. 10 through Sept. 9, 2011. Interested parties should contact the Bamberg Regional Contracting Office for a copy of the solicitation packet# W912PG-10-T-0103 which will be used for submission. For additional
There is an immediate opening for a full– time Wellness Counselor at the Bamberg Women, Infants, and Children Office. This position requires a Registered Dietitian or a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition, dietetics, nursing, or Registered Nurse with Associate of Arts degree or home economics with an emphasis in nutrition. Job requirements include computer experience, knowledge of maternal and infant nutrition as well as proven counseling skills. Must have a current driver's license. Travel may be required. S e n d r e s u m e s t o Jenny.Dietrich@eur.army.mil or 0972196-8986/6791. (7/19/10)
AUTOMOBILES For sale: 1997 Audi A3 Coupe, Silver, A/ C; power steering, CD Player, Performance Lowering Springs, Aftermarket Chrome Wheels, Excellent gas mileage. About 205,000 KM (127,000 miles). Have driven all over Europe with this car have never had a single mechanical problem. A couple minor fixes but overall great car/ $3,000. PCS soon so for more information, call 0170-816-4690 or e-mail email@example.com. (7/21/10) 2006 Harley Davidson FXDWG, chopper blue, passed inspection on bike and pipes, mustang seat including passenger and sissy bar, maltese cross accessories, braided cables, BRAND new wide tire kit and front tire still in box. Very well taken care of. Asking $15,000 obo. Interested parties can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. (7/14/10) Mazda 2003 MPV for sale: Asking Price: €7,500, available July 24 (negotiable) model – Imported from U.S. Seats 7 persons; CD player; 48,000 miles/78,000 km Air Conditioning; front airbags; 5speed automatic transmission; Power windows; Cruise Control; Fuel consumption 12 l/100 km (20MPG) Rear power sliding doors Remote entry lock TUV -
Trips and Travel Opportunities Take a trip with Bamberg Outdoor Recreation in August
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.
Aug. 7 Mountain Bike Race $25 The 2010 U.S. Forces Europe Championship Mountain Bike Series has arrived in Bamberg. Think you have what it takes to ride with the big dogs? With many categories and great prizes, this will be an awesome race. Come ride or just watch. Need a bike? ODR has you covered. For more information, call ODR.
Euro 4 valid through Feb. 2012; 4 winter tires on rim ABS; 3 Liter 6-cylinder; 2nd owner; Benzine (gasoline). For more information, call 0173-977-5383 or e-mail email@example.com. (7/6/10) 2000 Ford W indstar. Automatic Transmission, power locks/doors, dark blue, seats 7, passed inspection. Asking $2,000. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0171-487-8756. (6/10/10)
FOR SALE German single bed, wood head and foot board; matching night stand; large shrank with sliding doors and a 2-door shrank for TV on top and shelves inside. All 4 pieces sold together $380. Single pieces can be sold separately. Pictures available via e-mail. Contact by phone MondayFriday 5:30-7 p.m., or 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekends at 0919-592-9891, or e-mail email@example.com. (7/14/10) For Sale: Small blue couch $30, 19 inch TV and DVD Player $20 can be sold separately. Located on post. For pictures or more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0178-3428323. (7/6/10) For Sale: IKEA Day Bed (White) - Fits Twin Mattress. $65 e-mail at Allison.S.Rhodes@gmail.com. (7/6/10) For sale: Baby/Toddlerbed including 6month old matress (up to 5 years) $40, German Stroller with airtires, sandcolour $40; babyseat blue newborn $5; Bike looks like Motorcycle Schwinn 18- and 20 -inch with extra wide tire in the back, just 4 month used $30 and Chihuahua for sale. Call 0163-666-0470, delivery possible (7/1/2010) For Sale: PS3 Games “Call to Juarez” and “Need for Speed” shift. Asking $50 for both and $30 sold separately. For more information, 0173-582-2181 (7/1/2010)
MISCELLANEOUS Lost female cat; $250 reward if found; solid dark grey/medium hair; 10-12 lbs; at time of escape, was wearing red collar with paw prints, bell, rabies tag, and yellow microchip tag; her name is Smokey; contact the Vet Clinic at 0951 300-7972 or the Military Police desk. Looking for a dog walker/sitter for my golden retriever for upcoming weekend trips. If interested, e -mail email@example.com. (7/14/10) 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)
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Aug. 14 Rothenberg o.d.T. $60 Celebrated for its well-preserved medieval buildings, walls and unspoiled setting, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is just waiting to be explored. The famous market square, Medieval Crime Museum, a walk along the city walls, and Imperial City Museum are all at your fingertips. The trip includes transportation and a city tour. The bus departs the Chapel Parking Lot at 8 a.m. and returns at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 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. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring a flashlight. The bus departs ODR at 5 p.m. and returns at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 Prague City Tour $60 Containing one of the world‟s most pristine and varied collections of architecture, Prague is a vibrant city. Indulge in a Czech beer, while exploring Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Wenceslas, Lesser Quarter and the Old Town Squares (just to name a few). Trip includes transportation and a city tour. Children ages 4-12 are $40; children 3 and under are $20. The bus departs the Chapel Parking Lot at 5 a.m. and returns at 11 p.m.
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Outside the Gate Weekend events in and around Bamberg July 23 - Aug. 1 Friday, July 23 6 p.m. Sight-Running; see the Bamberg sights while jogging; tour takes about 45-60 minutes; fee: €5; meeting point is the Tourist Infor mation, Geyerswörthstrasse 5, 96047 Bamberg, call 0951-2976200 7 p.m. Summer dreams “Voice & Violin”; music and food; Hoffmanns Steak & Fisch, Schillerplatz 7, 96047 Bamberg; call 0951-700-0885 or e-mail email@example.com 8 p.m. Professor Bottleneck & Franz Born, live music at Blues Bar (country Ry Cooder style), Obere Sandstrasse 18, Bamberg, call 0951-53304, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.blues-bar.de 8 p.m. Rathausserenade (Serenades at the town hall); music from differ ent parts of the world; Hirschaid town hall – „Grosser Sitzungssaal,‟ Kirchplatz 6, 96114 Hirschaid; call Conny Mlodyschewski at 0954344-1488 9:30 p.m. 1 year morphclub, Morph Club, Luitpoldstrasse 17, 96052 Bam berg, e-mail email@example.com Saturday, July 24 12 p.m. Concert (music by Philipp Glass, J.S. Bach/V. Linhardt, Percy Fletcher), Kaiserdom (cathedral), Domplatz 5, Bamberg, visit www.bamberger-dommusik.de 4 p.m. Collegium Musicum; music by Bedrich Smetana, Astor Piazzolla and Gustav Mahler; Marmorsaal in 96178 Pommersfelden; call 0954-898-1868 or visit www.collegium-musicum.info (and July 25) 4 p.m. Wasserfest (Water fest); Fischereihafen - Bischberg, Regnitzstrasse/Leinritt, 96120 Bischberg 7 p.m. Rathausfest (Town hall fest); Kirchplatz, 96114 Hirschaid; call 0954-382-2543 8 p.m. Walsdorf Sportverein celebrates its 60th year; music and food for the entire family; Am Sportplatz, 96194 Walsdorf (until July 25) 8 p.m. Love the Love, live music at Blues Bar (Pop, Elektro and Rock), Obere Sandstrasse 18, Bamberg, call 0951-53304, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.blues-bar.de 9 p.m. Argies (Skapunk from Argentina); Sound´n Arts Club, Sandstrasse 20, 96049 Bamberg, visit www.sound-n-arts.com 10 p.m. 1 year morphclub, Zundfunkparty with Achim Bogdahn & Ralf Summer, Morph Club, Luitpoldstrasse 17, 96052 Bamberg, e-mail email@example.com 11 p.m. Club Deluxe, DJ Errol D; Cocktail Happy Hour - 12:30 a.m., MojowClub, Obstmarkt 8, 96047 Bamberg Sunday, July 25 10 a.m. River festival; Bamberg Bug; Bughof 30-50 and Am Sportplatz 1-2, 96049 Bamberg 10 a.m. American Football; Fuchs-Park-Stadion, Pödeldorfer Strasse 180, 96050 Bamberg; free admission; visit www.bamberg-bears.de 10 a.m. Jakobimarkt; village fest with market; Kirchplatz, 96179 Rattelsdorf 10 a.m. Festival at the castle Burgellern; music, food, and entertainment for the entire family; free admission; Schloss Burgellern, Kirchplatz 1, 96110 Schesslitz, call 0954-277-4750, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.burgellern.de 5 p.m. Gartenstädter Orgelsommer - Konzert III (organ music); music by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Francisco Guerrero, Melchior Franck and Christoph Clavius; free admission; church St. Kunigund, JosephOtto-Kolb-Strasse 1, 96052 Bamberg, e-mail email@example.com
5 p.m. Summer concert of the Collegium Musicum Bamberg; music by J. S. Bach, Telemann, Purcel, Mozart and Myslivecek; free admission; Auferstehungskirche, Pestalozzistrasse 27, 96052 Bamberg Friday, July 30 6 p.m. Sight-Running, discover Bamberg while jogging, 45-60 minutes, approx. 6.5 km, meeting point at the Tourist Information, Gey erswörthstrasse 5, cost: €5 per person, call 0951-297-6200 or visit www.bamberg.info 8 p.m. Summer night Disco, sports field FC Oberhaid, 96173 Oberhaid 8 p.m. Terry Lee Burns, live music at the Blues Bar, Obere Sandstrasse 18, Bamberg, call 0951-53304, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.blues-bar.de 9 p.m. Jingo de Lunch (RockPunkMetal feat. Y. Ducksworth); Sound´n Arts Club, Sandstrasse 20, 96049 Bamberg, visit www.sound-narts.com 11 p.m. Mojow Inscene, DJ Val De Mossa, Cocktail Happy Hour - 12:30 a.m., Mojow-Club, Obstmarkt 8, 96047 Bamberg Saturday, July 31 Kirchweih in Giech with parade; area of Giech, 96110 Schesslitz (until Aug. 1) 12 p.m. Organ concert at the Bamberg cathedral (Charles Koechlin, J.S. Bach, and Alexander Glasunow), Kaiserdom Bamberg, Domplatz 5, 96049 Bamberg, visit www.bamberger-dommusik.de 4 p.m. Summer serenades in the Abteigarten, music from the baroque, classical and romanticism era, Abteigarten, Anstaltsstrasse, 96157 Ebrach, call 0955-392-200 or visit www.Ebrach.de 5 p.m. Kirchweih Regnitzau, fest, church St. Johannis, St. Johan nisstrasse 3, 96114 Hirschaid (until Aug. 1) 6 p.m. Summer at the castle in Wernsdorf, medieval music from Southern Europe, Schloss Wernsdorf, Zur Schleifmühle 4, 96129 Wernsdorf, call 0951-54900, e-mail email@example.com, visit www.capella-antiqua.de 10 p.m. Rialto Lounge, Brit Pop, Morph Club, Luitpoldstrasse 17, 96052 Bamberg, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 11 p.m. Blaubar@Mojow, DJane P; Cocktail Happy Hour - 12:30 a.m., Mojow-Club, Obstmarkt 8, 96047 Bamberg Sunday, Aug. 1 10 a.m. Freibad (public swimming pool) fest in Schesslitz, Freibad Schesslitz, Windischlettener Strasse, 96110 Schesslitz 2 p.m. Summer fest, food and drink in Schlappenreuth For more Kirchweih festivals, visit www.kirchweihkalender-bamberg.de/ plaza/kerwa.neo Special exhibits and festivals: From July 3: Gigasaurier- Die Riesen Argentiens (Gigasaurs – giants of Argentina), special exhibit in Frankfurt, it spans from 230 million years until about 65 million b.c., it shows some of the largest dinosaurs that ever roamed the earth and more, http://gigasaurier.senckenberg.de, at the Mainzer Landstrassse corner of Güterplatz, close to the Messeturm, call 0692-713-6760, tickets between €6 for children and €12 for adults July 24: Annafest, Forchheim (until August 2); big festival with lots of food, drink and entertainment for the entire family. It starts at 1 p.m. on July 24. A big parade takes place on Sunday, July 25 at 1 p.m. starting at the Ausstellungsgelände Forchheim-Süd and ends at the Untere Kellerstrasse. The event takes place at the Rathausplatz, Hauptstrasse 24. Special days for families and children on Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (special rates). E-mail email@example.com, call 0919-171-4337/338.
1. Buy products with the least amount of packaging or none at all.
1. When shopping for appliances, look for the ENERGY STAR label.
2. Buy products packed in recycled packaging.
2. When you go on vacation, turn the temperature up in your fridge.
3. Avoid individually wrapped portions (cheese slices, juice, etc.).
3. Disconnect equipment if not in use to avoid losses from stand-by mode.
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Germany improves PX shopping for military retirees HEIDELBERG, Germany – The German Federal Ministry of Finance has eased the rules under which retired U.S. military members, accompanying dependents and surviving dependents can shop in post exchanges and commissaries in Germany. They no longer have to report to German customs once a month if they don‟t shop in U.S. facilities. However, German authorities may request a written statement from retirees, unaccompanied dependents and surviving dependents who report no purchases during the entire 12-month validity period of the “pink cards” that they must get from German Customs before making purchases. With that statement, they confirm that no purchases were made and agree for German Customs to forward information to U.S. Forces Customs-Europe for verification purposes. “To qualify for shopping privileges, military retirees first need a form verifying their retired status, which they can get at their local military customs office,” explained Iris Hoehenberger, Customer Service chief, at the USAREUR Office of the Provost Marshal. “Then take the verification to the German customs office serving your area of residence,” Hoehenberger continued, “and you will receive an authorization known as Form 0216 and a German Cus-
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“The info evening is a pre-requisite for the course," he said. "We will make a decision whether or not there will be a course based upon the turn-out at the info evening.” The hunting course consists of 60 hours of theory training, which will be held in September through November. In addition, several hours will be spent at the shooting range. “This is a requirement,” Burger said. The theory fee is $150. The range fees can differ between €400 and €600, based upon the number of shells fired. Burger also plans to teach a fishing course in the future, consisting of 30 hours of theory training, which could be crammed into a four-day weekend, he said. “We are glad to have an American instructor of Burger‟s caliber teaching the courses,” said Juergen Hagemann, Bamberg Family and MWR Business and Recreation Chief. “The German deer and fish might not be a fan, but the feedback from students who took the course in the past shows that hunting and fishing is a true stress reliever and thus enhances the quality of life for our Soldiers and Families.” For more information on hunting, fishing and sport shooting while in Germany, contact Bambergfishing@eur.army.mil.
REMINDER Curfew for youth under age 16 is 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday—Thursday.
toms Certificate, Form 0217, also known as the pink card. The pink card and your retiree ID card allow you to buy nonrationed items in exchanges and commissaries in Germany.” Retirees who don‟t live in Germany but visit Germany for at least 30 days also qualify for the pink card. However, surviving dependents must have their permanent residence in Germany. German Customs will levy 17.5 percent duty on each item that costs less than the U.S. dollar equivalent of €50. For each item that costs more than €50, German Customs will charge the tariff rate for that particular item plus 19 percent value added tax. German Customs can withdraw a pink card, authorization and take legal action if participants fail to meet their obligations, Hoehenberger added. These shopping privileges are not available to retired civilian employees. For details about AAFES priveleges, visit www.hqusareur.army.mil/ opm/custom4.htm or call a military customs office.
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Correct DEERS information vital for Army beneficiaries HEIDELBERG, Germany – To assure beneficiaries receive information and educational material about the TRICARE Overseas Program managed care contract changeover in September, sponsors are advised to confirm or update their Defense Eligibility Enrollment System enrollment and address. Military health clinics and other authorized organizations access the DEERS database to verify benefit eligibility of military sponsors, family members and other beneficiaries. Addresses entered in DEERS are also used to mail information and educational material to beneficiaries. The TRICARE Management Activity has selected International SOS, Inc., as the TRICARE Overseas Program contractor effective Sept. 1. Information and educational material will soon be mailed to beneficiaries to explain how the new overseas managed care contract will benefit them.
link may also be found on the Europe Regional Medical Command home page at http://ermc.amedd.army/mil by looking for the DEERS address change announcement. Call the Defense Manpower Data Center toll -free from a DSN phone at 99-001-800-5389552. Calls from local civilian phones are not toll-free. Several options are available to update or verify a mailing address in DEERS: -In-Person: Visit your nearest ID cardissuing office. It can be located at www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl/. Be sure to call to verify location and business hours. -Online: Visit the DEERS website, https:// www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/address/ and select “Non Registered Users.” Logon with your CAC or DFAS/MyPay logon. The
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“I think that if parents are aware of what their children are up to and with whom they associate on a regular basis, it will help them steer their children away from situations with legal repercussions both on and off post.”
Information about the TRICARE Overseas Program is available at www.tricare.mil/ TOPcontract. Though transition to the new managed care provider will be largely transparent to beneficiaries, some administrative and appointment processes for Host Nation health care may change. Procedural changes will be explained in mailed literature and, as needed, by the Europe Regional Medical Command or your local Army health clinic.
A SOFA is an agreement between a foreign nation and a country stationing its military forces in that country. Germany‟s legal agreement, states all family members who accompany a service member or civilian employee, will have the privilege to reside overseas with their sponsor. This status is a privilege and not a right, which is why the dependant needs to have a sponsor.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention website, in 2008, there were 288 arrests for Violent Crime Index offenses for every 100,000 youth between 10 and 17 years of age.
An EROD is the return of dependants to a stateside location or native country while the sponsor remains assigned to the duty station. In the past two years, there have been more than 18 ERODs.
While more than a quarter of a percent doesn‟t seem like it can have a high impact on a community, another study published in 2000 by the American Youth Policy Forum revealed that seven percent of Philadelphia youth committed 61 percent of all offenses, 65 percent of all aggravated assaults, 60 percent of homicides, 75 percent of rapes, and 73 percent of robberies.
“ERODs are a last resort to get compliance from a juvenile who has demonstrated an unwillingness to adapt to post polices and regulations and has committed a crime,” Garrett said. “Some examples of crimes, which generated ERODs for several juveniles in Bamberg recently, include drug use and distribution, assault, vandalism and shoplifting.”
“There have been a few cases where a juvenile was either picked up by the Polizei or Military Police on post and the parents were not prepared to admit their child was involved in something of a criminal nature,” Garrett said. “That‟s a perfectly normal reaction as we all want to believe our children are doing the right thing based on our guidance and expectations. “In almost all of the cases, however, parents have been exceptionally supportive and cooperative when dealing with my MP investigator as they process the juvenile or juveniles in question,” he said. The 2009 American Youth Policy Forum study states that outreach and after-school programs decrease the potential of gang and involvement in criminal mischief, and increase academic achievement and positive school behaviors. “Parents should always counsel their children on the consequences of their actions based on the existing laws, post polices and options to the command that are currently in place,” Garrett said. Parents need to be aware of what is known as a Command Directed Early Return of Dependants and the Status of Forces Agreement.
U.S. Army Europe Regulation 27-9 mandates U.S. Army Garrison commanders are responsible for morale, welfare, safety and good order in their geographic areas of responsibility. The U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg community is the approving authority for all ERODs here. As the Civilian Misconduct Action Authority for Bamberg, he makes decisions based on facts and supporting documents. In the case of a Command Directed EROD, the supporting documents are usually serious incident reports or affidavits. Individuals who receive a Command Directed EROD are returned stateside and barred from installations throughout Germany. There is an appeal process that is reviewed by a colonel in the pay grade of O6. The reviewer‟s decision is the final decision and no other appeal process is taken into account, unless other unforeseen factors take place. “Recently, we have adopted an Army mandated program called iWatch, which is predominately an anti-terrorism/force protection measure,” Garrett said. “However, I would implore all members of the community to get involved and report any suspicious criminal activity or behavior to the MP Desk at 0951-300-8700.”
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Fastuca was killed in Afghanistan on July 5 by an improvised explosive device, according to a Department of Defense news release. Sgt. Brandon Darr, who served with Hennigan, read a friends tribute written about Hennigan by Staff Sgt. Michael R. Stefan.
Members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team stand at attention during the playing of Taps for Sgts. Matthew R. Hennigan and Louis R. Fastuca on July 15 at the Bamberg Chapel. The Soldiers were honored with a memorial service.
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“I hope the talk I‟ll give is going to be of interest to these young men and women now, to get them to think about what they‟re doing now in their lives,” Weinstein said before starting. “Maybe there will be somebody in the audience who, in 30 or 40 years, will write a memoir or a story about today.” Weinstein‟s Germany experience never left him. He completed his time with the Army and continued his education, eventually gaining a doctorate in sociology. As the years passed, he noticed that accurate depictions of the Cold War-era and the lives of Soldiers outside of Berlin were largely ignored in literature and film. “I think my story is important because it‟s been neglected,” Weinstein said. “You have a lot of books about WWII, and then the Korean War and then the Vietnam War, but in the time I served, the late 1950s early 60s, during the Cold War period, the peacetime Army, it hasn‟t been written about much.” Through the years, Weinstein has been published in scholarly journals, often discussing German-American relationships during the Cold-War era from a sociologist‟s viewpoint. Weinstein used excerpts of one article, entitled “Occupation G.I. Blues: Postwar Germany During and After Elvis Presley’s Tour,” to discuss the inaccuracies of “G.I. Blues,” the movie Presley made upon completion of his tour. “It was his movie in 1960 that originally motivated me to do my own book,” Weinstein said. “It didn‟t say anything about the Soldiers and their personal lives. So my story is a personal story and it focuses on the two main issues affecting Soldiers at that timeone was sex and the other was race.” At the height of the Cold War, these two issues were prevalent due to a number of
“On 30 June 2010 at 0800 hours, we did not lose a Soldier; we lost something so much more important to us. We lost a family member, a friend, and a warrior. Matthew was a warrior to the very end,” Darr read. “In Bamberg, Germany, I went on a snowboarding trip with Matt, and he had never once ridden a snowboard. On average it takes a normal person about three days to master going down a hill without falling. Within an hour, Matt was racing down the hill like a professional, and no matter how many times he crashed going 45 miles an hour, he would jump back up and keep going. At one point we stopped him and asked, Matt, why don‟t you take it slower so you don‟t get hurt? All Matt said back was, life is too short, and I‟m not afraid of anything. This is a true testament to how Matt was with every situation in his life. Matthew did not leave us empty handed. He left a legacy of hard work and dedication that I think we can all learn from… one-hundred miles per hour no matter what. One time when Matt got back from mission, I told him to get some sleep before he wrote his reports for the day, and he told me, “I can sleep when I die.” You can sleep now Matthew.”
factors. Between 1945 and 1950 there was a reduction of troops in Germany, but the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950 caused officials to start increasing troops again. The build-up eventually reached about a quarter million. A major policy change further affected the social situation of the troops. The 1944 nonfraternization law President Dwight D. Eisenhower had imposed to keep Americans from befriending Germans, was rescinded in 1945. Though marriage to a German woman was still prohibited until 1947, Soldiers all over the country were no longer fighting a war and had different priorities. Weinstein shared commentary he had read that compared Soldiers in times of war and peace. In peacetime, the most important relationship for a Soldier overseas is with the local women, he said. In wartime, the most important relationships are with your fellow Soldiers, because they could save your life. “In the background, we worried maybe the Russians might start trouble, but we weren‟t right on the border here in Nuremberg,” Weinstein said. “In Germany, about 90 percent of the Soldiers had relationships, sex, with local women, during the Cold War-era.” To that effect, it was a universal situation. Weinstein himself had a local girlfriend. Though he was a white Soldier, it was still an embarrassment for her to be seen with him in her hometown, he said. The repercussions of these relationships manifested in a generation of children, often fatherless, a percentage of whom were racially mixed and initially denied citizenship by both the U.S. and Germany.
“Germany was mainly a homogenous society before then,” Weinstein said. The influx of racially mixed children, originally called “mischling” in German, put both Germany and America in an awkward position. The result of that generation was evident when Weinstein spoke in Nuremberg. “Several women, about 35 or so, came to me and asked me to help them find their father or grandfather, they didn‟t even have a name,” he said. “This happened a lot; a Soldier had sex with a German girl and she had a child out of wedlock and he took off. The mother didn‟t want the stigma of having the American child…By leaving the Soldier‟s name off the birth certificate, white children could then pass as German.” Director of Army Community Service Rickcord Gibbons has lived on and off in Germany for many years and attended the talk. Gibbons recognizes the importance of Soldiers understanding their host nation. “I truly believe that unless we understand more about our hosts, how they think, the 'why' of what they think about us and how that has changed over the years, we cannot grasp their changes,” Gibbons said. She mentioned the fall of the Berlin Wall and the effect that had on Europeans. “I believe we do not provide sufficient training to Soldiers and Families and employees about Germany and its fabulously textured history,” Gibbons said. “We do a great job with Headstart, and with the ACS Germanas-a-Second-Language courses, but that just scratches the surface. Without understanding some of German history - current and past, we cannot understand our hosts. That history would shed light on the German perception of race, social interaction, and more. It would assist in our own social interaction with Germans.”
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Morris said his 27 years in the Army, as both an enlisted Soldier and commissioned officer, has helped prepare him for his current role. “I think it is very humbling to be in this position because now I have the opportunity to make lives better every single day,” he said. “My firm belief is that if I do my job, then the Soldiers and civilians will have all that they need for their Families. When that happens, the Soldiers will be able to focus on their mission at hand. With half of this post deployed at any one time, it‟s important that those Soldiers know that their Families are part of our Family and that we are going to care for them.” Morris said that as a leader he has learned to surround himself with excellent people. “I know I am not the expert, but I am surrounded by a very competent, very dedicated group of experts here,” Morris said. Maintaining an open line of communication with residents is also important to him. There are many different avenues for community members to get in contact with the commander. “I am going to continue the open–door policy,” he said. Morris said it is recommended that residents call and make an appointment to speak with him about any concerns they might have. However, community members can also
www.bamberg.army.mil stop every Monday beginning at 4 p.m. to speak with him. “I will stay as late as I need to hear what they have to say and take any action that is appropriate,” he said. He said he doesn‟t believe in staying in the office all day. “I am an approachable person,” he said. “I want to go out and meet family members, Soldiers and employees. If something is bothering you, I want to hear it.” Morris also encourages residents to contact him through the USAG Bamberg Facebook site, the garrison website and through the Interactive Customer Evaluation, or ICE system. He will also continue to host forums and town hall meetings both with the residents and his workforce. “We are in this business because Soldiers have signed up to do something that is greater than them – to serve their country,” Morris said. “It is an awesome responsibility that I do not take lightly. I want to provide the very best for them because of their sacrifice.” Morris said he wants to carry on with the mission that Rosenberg started. “I want to continue to be a wise and efficient spender of the limited resources that we have,” he said. “I want to always look for the best ways to provide for this community. I want folks to say this was the best post and
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passport. The following steps must be completed for State Department approval: After establishing an eligible family relationship between petitioner and dependent, the Form I-130 can be approved by USCIS in Frankfurt. Following USCIS approval, the I-130 will be sent to the State Department immigrant visa section, which will contact the petitioner directly. If approved by state, the dependent‟s passport will be stamped to reflect this and your family is ready to head home to the U.S. Upon arrival in the U.S., beneficiaries‟ status will be converted to lawful permanent resident or conditional resident, depending on the
that they truly felt like Family here.” Morris also said it is important for Soldiers to maintain a balance in their life – both professionally and personally. He said that he must lead by example. Morris said his wife Johanna, who he has been married to for almost 20 years, helps keep him grounded. “I am so in love with her,” said Morris, who also has three grown children and several young grandchildren living back in the U.S. “I know I would not be anywhere in my military career without Johanna. She has given me that balance.” Spending time with his wife eating at local restaurants, playing a few rounds of golf, restoring his 1977 Monte Carlo and taking in the German culture are ways he finds that balance in his life. “The minute I stepped foot into Frankfurt, I loved Germany,” said Morris, who was stationed in Hanau back in the 1980s. “I love the history and the rich heritage. I am awed to see how beautiful the country is as I have traveled around.” Morris has deepened that love as he has come to know Warner Barracks these past few weeks. “Warner Barracks is a great family-oriented, small-town community surrounded by a wonderful city,” Morris said. “It is amazing to me.”
length of familial relationship between petitioner and beneficiary. Your first stop when getting ready to return to the U.S. with a nonU.S. citizen spouse or step-child should be your local passport office. Once the USCIS paperwork is submitted, the point of contact for petitioners in Germany is the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, 697-5352233, Fax 697-41-0971, or e-mail USCIS.firstname.lastname@example.org. Your local legal assistance office can also assist with questions about how to fill out an I-130 Alien Relative petition and notarizing required documents. You may reach JMTC‟s legal assistance office at Bamberg 0951-300-7609. Editor’s Note: Omer Duru is a legal intern at JMTC’s Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.
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 0951300-8700. For emergency dental care outside of the dental facility’s business hours, a dentist is on call and can be contacted by dialing 0951-300-7492.