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New classes get community members moving By Mindy Campbell, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs The women were whooping and sweating and the music was thumping during a recent Zumba class session at the Freedom Fitness Facility. Zumba is just one of several new fitness classes offered at the gym for all U.S. ID card holders, said Tonya L. Williams, the facility’s recreation assistant, physical fitness. The gym offers morning and evening sessions of Zumba, a Latin-inspired dance fitness program started in the 1990s by dancer and choreographer Beto Perez in Columbia. A decade later, the program spans the world.
―It was a very intense workout,‖ said first time Zumba participant Catherine McKillop. For Laci Wright, the workout is hard but worth it. ―We burn more than 900 calories in an hour,‖ she said. ―I can’t do that on a treadmill and it is a lot of fun. I would recommend it to anybody.‖ Another new class is Krav Maga, an Israeli self-defense/fighting method and a women’s self-defense class. ―We have received positive feedback from Krav Maga participants but there is always room for more people,‖ Williams said.
―We have had an outstanding response to Zumba,‖ Williams said.
In addition, Williams expects to add yoga again to the lineup.
In fact, in one recent evening session there were more than 70 people in the class. The morning sessions are averaging 25-35 people per class, Williams said.
Both Zumba and Krav Maga, which cost $5 and $10 per class respectively, are being offered in addition to several
Instructor Annie Heavrin leads a Zumba class at the Freedom Fitness Facility during the Sept. 18 Get Fit, Don’t Quit event, a regional fitness day. Heavrin of(CLASSES continued on page 12) fered a free trial Zumba class to the community.
Bamberg Christmas tree festivities light up holiday season By Mindy Campbell, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs The temperatures outside may have been frigid, but the warmth of holiday cheer in the fest tent kept community members warm during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony last week. The annual event, which was expanded this year to include a German Christmas market and musical entertainment, was held Thursday in the parking lot between the chapel and military police station. While children enjoyed riding the small carousels outside the fest tent, inside multiple private organizations operated booths selling everything from food and drinks to crafts and Christmas ornaments. At one of the booths, sponsored by the 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, representatives collected unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots campaign. The toys will be delivered to a German orphanage.
Children from the Strong Beginnings program perform Christmas songs during the U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony Dec. 2. This year’s annual event included a German Christmas market with food, drink and musical entertainment.
Jennifer Otero, the battalion Family Readiness Support Assistant, said they came up with the idea when they heard the tree lighting ceremony was going to include a German Christmas market. ―Germany is a great host nation,‖ Otero said. ―This is a perfect time of year to give back to them.‖ (CHRISTMAS continued on page 9)
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German-American club brings cheer to handicapped kids By Ashley Bateman, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs Soldiers, Outreach Kontakt Club members and children at Bertold-Schargenberg Schule in Bamberg spent an afternoon singing and celebrating the Christmas season Wednesday. ―I think it’s a very good opportunity to make the children happy,‖ said Outreach Kontakt Club member Sarah Jendrzejewski. ―It’s important to think of those who cannot take part wholly in society.‖ The Bertold-Schargenberg Schule is a special institution for mentally and physically challenged (CHEER continued on page 12) Ashley Bateman
Sarah Jendrzejewski asks the children at BertoldSchargenberg Schule about the stuffed animals they chose from donated gifts as part of a Christmas program at the school Wednesday.
Sky Soldiers honor Families, sacrifices of paratroopers killed in Afghanistan By Spc. Michael Sword, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs A recognition ceremony to honor wounded and fallen warriors from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team's recent deployment to Afghanistan was held Monday at the Freedom Fitness Facility in Bamberg. The ceremony was attended by Soldiers from 173rd ABCT, members of the 173rd Airborne Association, Families of the wounded and fallen, as well as the 173rd's Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta. President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Giunta in a ceremony at the White House Nov. 16. Giunta earned America's highest honor for courage in combat for his actions during an ambush in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley in October 2007. (PARATROOPERS continued on page 13)
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, Cornelia Meyer-Olin
Cpl. Kendra Coleman, 173rd Special Troops Battalion, wipes away a tear as she is surrounded by fellow Soldiers after the conclusion of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team recognition ceremony Dec. 7 at the Freedom Fitness Facility. During the event, the brigade uncased its unit flag and also recognized those that died and were wounded during their deployment to Afghanistan.
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Germany tightens laws defining winter tire requirements HEIDELBERG, Germany – A new law passed by the German parliament that more clearly defines the use of winter tires in Germany went into effect Nov. 29. U.S. Army Europe Office of the Provost Marshal officials said the law now states that motor vehicles, including motorcycles and four-wheel-drive vehicles, must have clearly marked winter or all-season tires when there is black ice, snow, slush, ice or frost on German roads. ―A winter tire is any tire marked by the manufacturer with the snowflake logo or M + S symbol, which stands for mud and snow [matsch und schnee]," said Tom Lorenzini, of the USAREUR Vehicle Registry. Even allseason tires can have this M + S symbol, he added. Any tire that does not have the M-S + snowflake, or M-S alone stamp does not meet the requirement and is subject to a fine. Inner and outer sides of the tire should be checked to see if the stamp is there. The German automobile association ADAC recommends tires bearing the snowflake logo at right — sometimes also called the ―three-mountain‖ logo – because those tires meet the highest standards for winter driving. The minimum legal tire tread depth for Germany is 1.6mm, although ADAC recom-
mends 4mm for winter driving. Other countries have more stringent requirements – Austrian law mandates 4mm minimum tread depth for winter tires, and other European countries have distinct winter driving laws as well. OPM officials said drivers should check with local authorities before crossing borders. In some areas of Germany snow chains may be required during winter, but only as directed by police or road signs. The maximum speed limit while driving a vehicle with chains is 50 kilometers per hour.
In addition, some insurance companies may deny coverage to motorists driving with summer tires on wintery roads. Safety experts warn, however, that winter tires are no magic potion against accidents and that drivers should always drive at reasonable speeds and keep a safe following distance from other vehicles. Drivers who are unsure about winter tire requirements can contact their local vehicle registration or safety office. A list of vehicle registration locations and other information for U.S. forces personnel who drive in Europe is available at the USAREUR Registry of Motor Vehicles website at www.hqusareur.army.mil/rmv/default.htm.
While the law does not mandate calendar dates during which snow tires are required, German drivers often use the helpful rule of thumb ―von O bis O‖ – ―from O to O,‖ meaning snow tires should be put on in October and remain on until Ostern (Easter). Under the new rules, fines have been doubled. Drivers caught using summer tires in ice, snow or slush will be fined €40 which has increased from the €20 euro fine in previous years. Those who cause an accident or obstruct traffic because they used inappropriate tires during winter conditions will be slapped with an €80 euro fine, which has increased from the previous €40 charge.
Europe sergeants major set goals to raise Soldier performance HEIDELBERG, Germany -- As part of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, more than 20 US Army Europe senior leaders received a one-day goal setting class from a team out of West Point Dec. 1 at the Patrick Henry Village Pavilion here. ―What we provided was a tool called goal setting, which is really a tool designed to raise the bar on Soldier performance in pursuit of excellence,‖ said Lt. Col. Greg Burbelo, director of the Army Center for Enhanced Performance. ―The objective in the tool of goal setting is really to get Soldiers to dream big, think big and have a plan to pursue goals to achieve excellence.‖ The sergeants major were given goal books and asked to set goals for themselves, so they would know exactly how the process works. ―USAREUR has taken it one step further by creating and modifying their goal books so that they can implement to all Soldiers across USAREUR,‖ Burbelo said. Participants received a block of instruction in the morning and then broke out into small groups in the afternoon to discuss the challenges of the program and how to best integrate it into their units. ―They had an opportunity to share ideas on how best to implement this training and a lot of good ideas came out,‖ Burbelo said. ―The beauty is they are given the resources, the goal books for Soldiers, they have had this workshop and they have Master Resiliency Trainers in their units that have had this training. I think that be-
tween the resources, the command emphasis and leveraging the MRTs, because that’s what they are there for, I think that this program can be implemented successfully.‖ While there were many ideas and lots of discussion, one method was agreed upon by all – counseling. ―I think that we would be able to include goal setting into the counseling sessions given every month by our non-commissioned officers and leaders,‖ said Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Sheward, V Corps Special Troops Battalion. ―Goal setting is a great addition to the CSF training that is already out there in the Army. It will definitely benefit both leaders and Soldiers.‖ Others looked at all of the resources available for the program. ―I am going to take what I learned today back to my noncommissioned officers and my commander and see how we can get after it with the Soldiers either by counseling or small group train the trainer, maybe get some MRT teams to come out and train our Soldiers on this,‖ said Command Sgt. Maj. Edward Jindrich, 5th Battalion, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade. As goal setting is implemented into units and Soldiers begin utilizing the CSF tool, leaders are hopeful for positive results. ―I think that we will see that success here in the near future,‖ Burbelo said. ―We want Soldiers to have goals, we want them to excel and goal setting is a tool to allow them to achieve those goals whether they are personal or professional.‖
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Armed Forces Network releases free mobile application Armed Forces Network Europe has a free mobile application that lets users quickly and easily find what's scheduled on AFN TV and watch AFN TV stories on your smart phone or other mobile device. ―We developed this app to better serve our customers,‖ said AFN Europe Commander Col. Bill Bigelow. ―Now folks can access the information about currency rates, gas prices, radio frequencies, TV schedules and events in the community both at home and on the go.‖ AFN Europe released the app with no advance publicity and more than 600 people downloaded it in two weeks. The app rolls up some of the most popular parts of http://www.afneurope.net/ into a
mobile experience, so updates instantly reflect within the app. You can listen to AFN OpenLine radio shows live on the app. The app also includes a feature called "Pics 'n Flix" which gives users the ability to submit story ideas, photos and videos to AFN Europe. Select submissions will be used on AFN Europe's Facebook page and may be featured on AFN TV. The iPhone/iPod/iPad version of the application is available via iTunes. Search for AFN or AFN Europe to find it. The Android version is available in the Android Market. For users of Windows Phone or modern Blackberry devices, you can access a web browser-enabled version of the app by going to http:// afneurope.mlnwap.com/.
Beating the mental health stigma By Jennifer Walsh Cary, BMEDDAC Public Affairs VILSECK, Germany - When it comes to mental health, I’ve noticed that most people prefer not to talk about it. It’s almost as if bringing up the topic somehow implies they’re suffering from mental health problems. It’s an unfortunate stigma that continues to plague our military communities. A stigma, I believe, that people will have to overcome individually. First step? Know what to expect. Recently, I put myself to the test and requested to go through the entire mental health process as a patient. My goal was to shed light on what actually happens behind closed doors in mental health. Truthfully, it was like a routine medical appointment. Anti-climatic, I know. The waiting room was full of people just like you and me. Maybe they were suffering from stress because their spouse is deployed or maybe they were having some anxiety because their finances weren’t up to par. I reported with general stress. With a deployed spouse, a full-time job, the chore of buying winter tires and a dog that goes to the vet more than I go to the doctor, who wouldn’t be a little stressed? With mental health, you don���t have to make an appointment so I walked up to the counter and was given a stack of paperwork to fill out. Most of it was privacy information. I learned that unless I intended to harm myself or others that the conversation with the provider would stay between the two of us. It was a huge relief. Maybe it shouldn’t be a big deal, but I wouldn’t want my employer or anyone else to know I was there; just like I wouldn’t want my employer to know if I was being treated for heat rash. It’s no different in my book. Since I didn’t have an appointment, a nurse
called me back to her office to prescreen me. She asked a lot of questions – most of which were required – and determined which provider I needed to see. There were a couple of questions that I didn’t expect, like have I had thoughts of killing myself or was I having delusions. After the brief interview, I went back to the waiting room. As I approached the counter to turn in my paperwork, I saw one of my coworkers in the hallway. Instantly I wanted to find a place to hide. All I could think was that every time I see him from this point forward he’ll be thinking, ―better be careful, this one is crazy.‖ Clearly, I am not immune to the stigma. And while my gut reaction was to run, I decided to stay. Even though it was difficult, I was determined to beat the stigma. Eventually I went back to the provider’s office and we talked for almost an hour. I was surprised at how much stress I put on myself. I was also surprised at how much I enjoyed venting about it to a neutral party. Sure, I vent to my mom or my husband or my friends - I definitely don’t internalize my feelings - but this was somehow different. I could say anything and it was met with open interest and without judgment. It was awesome. Afterward, I still felt like myself. I wasn’t ashamed for going and if I ever feel like I need someone to listen, I won’t hesitate to call this provider. For someone who wanted to run and hide when I was ―spotted‖ an hour earlier, it says a lot about the quality of care I received. Overall, the idea of seeing a mental health provider can be intimidating or a little scary, but in reality it’s like a routine medical appointment. The real challenge is facing your personal stigma against mental health. I can tell you from experience that the care you receive is well worth the stress of fighting the stigma. Now more than ever, I believe it’s OK to seek help.
AAFES shoppers compete for trip Exchange Offers $10,000 Presidential Vacation DALLAS – The Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Sandberg and Sikorski Jewelry are partnering to provide $10,000 worth of patriotism to one lucky Exchange shopper. Now through Dec. 24, the Exchange is accepting entries for the opportunity to win a five-day, four-night trip to the nation’s capitol. The winner will receive luxurious accommodations, airfare and an arranged tour to visit some of Washington D.C. and the surrounding area’s most famous monuments. The drawing will take place Jan. 28, 2011. All authorized shoppers, age 18 and older, may enter at their nearest Army or Air Force Exchange http:// odin.aafes.com/bases/index.asp.
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tions. For more information or to donate, visit www.cfcoverseas.org. To host a fundraiser on behalf of an organization or unit, call Patrick Collins at 0951-300-7514.
Please send all announcements to Bamberg Public Affairs via the following website: http://www.bamberg.army.mil/mobi/form.asp. Volunteers, issues needed for AFAP U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg officials are seeking volunteers and soliciting input from community members for the 2011 Army Family Action Plan conference Feb. 22-24 at the Warner Conference Center. AFAP is a grass-roots effort that allows community members to identify and elevate quality-of-life issues to senior Army leadership. Issues addressed at AFAP conference can be either local issues or Army-wide policy changes. Army-wide policy changes, such as the ability to transfer Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits to a spouse or family member, were results of AFAP conferences. Child care is provided for conference volunteers. AFAP issues can be submitted several different ways including through the ICE link at www.bamberg.army.mil and when prompted, clicking the policy or regulation change description, by clicking on the following link http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/ cvdd8IiqHX1 and filling out the form or stopping by ACS. For more information, contact Vanessia Holland at 0951-300-7777 or 0951-300-7594. Jingle Bell Jog Come out and participate in the last community fun run before Christmas. The Jingle Bell Jog 5kilometer fun run starts at 9 a.m. Dec. 11 in front of the Freedom Fitness Facility. For more information, call 0951-300-8890. Cookie Exchange Luncheon The Bamberg Spouses and Civilians Club is hosting a cookie exchange luncheon on Dec. 13 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Warner Conference Center. Bring one dozen cookies to share with the table. Attendees must submit a copy of their recipe no later than Dec. 10 to 2VP@bsccgermany.com. The tastiest cookie and most creative cookie display or basket will receive a prize. Seat reservations must be made no later than Dec. 10 by e-mailing email@example.com. Those who reserve a seat but don’t show up must still pay the $15 cover cost. ID cards will be checked. Scrapbooking Events Join fellow scrapbook fans for several winter events the first Friday of every month at the Community Activity Center’s classroom from 5 – 10 p.m. On Jan. 8, learn techniques to organize your work space and have a chance to win a rolling scrapbook tote. Cost for each event is $10 and includes dinner, hourly door prizes and a free instructional class. Supervised childcare is available at the CAC child play room at a cost of $2 an hour per child. Reservations for childcare must be made in advance as space is limited. For more information about the events, contact Wendy Sledd at 0951 -300-7308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekly Reminders MWR Guide Bamberg’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Guide for the month of December is now online at http://issuu.com/bambergmwr/docs/ brochure122010012011lr. Sweet Dreams Project As part of U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg’s Child Youth and School Services Deployment Support Initiative, community members can send pictures to the School Age Center in a jpg. format with the location of the recipient and contact information to be made into a pillowcase. The project is for deployed Soldiers or those away from home for
Get EFMP registered Is your Soldier coming back from downrange? If your Soldier is receiving orders to another location, it is not too early to start your Exceptional Family Member Program paperwork. Family members can start the paperwork now. Your local Army Community Services EFMP manager can assist in determining what you need to do. Remember, if you have someone registered in EFMP, the registration has to be updated every three years or when the condition changes. For more information about EFMP or about registration, contact Bonnie Kellem, EFMP manger at 0951-300-7777. training and family members back home. Send email to email@example.com. For more information, call 0951-300-8698. Library Events The library hosts weekly events. Every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. is storytelling. This is available for children ages 3-5 years old. The following is a schedule for the Gamers’ Challenge that meet every Saturday at 5 p.m. Instructor's Course People interested in becoming a Health and Safety Instructor for the American Red Cross should call 0951-300-1760 or e-mail RedCross.Bamberg@eur.army.mil. Social Media For the most current events happening at Bamberg Elementary School, please visit Bamberg Elementary School PTA on Facebook. Bamberg Community Classes The Bamberg Community Recreation and Learning Center or Volkshochschule (VHS) is offering a variety of classes this winter. Sign up via their website www.vhs-bamberg.de, or at their office at Tränkgasse 4, 96052 Bamberg. Payment must be in cash or via German bank withdrawal. The following is a small selection of classes: -(5225) Baking— Faschingskrapfen—Helau! (traditional donut); Jan. 29, 2011; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; one session, €12.80 plus €10 for ingredients. -(5233) German Layer Cakes (Beginnersbring round baking dish, icing bag)- Jan. 2122, 2011, 5-9:30 p.m. and 10 a.m.-1p.m.; 2 sessions; €23.13 plus €10 for ingredients. For more classes and information on locations of classes as well as information on refunds contact the VHS directly at 0951-871-108, at their office or visit www.vhs-bamberg.de. Army Suggestion Program The Army Suggestion Program encourages Soldiers, civilians and any concerned individual to submit ideas regarding how the Army can increase efficiency and cut costs. Approved suggestions are assessed on how much they save the Army and can earn individuals thousands of dollars. For more information, or to submit an idea, Army Knowledge Online registered users can visit the ASP website at http://asp.hqda.pentagon.mil/ public/. Those unable to access AKO can submit a DA Form 1045 to their installation coordinator. The U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg coordinator Norbert Roth can be contacted at 0951-300-8001 or firstname.lastname@example.org. CFC The Combined Federal Campaign has begun and will run until Dec. 15. The CFC is the only authorized solicitation of Federal employees in their workplaces on behalf of charitable organiza-
Holiday Mailing Schedule To ensure packages sent to the United States are delivered before Christmas, the Postal Service Center recommends shipping by Dec. 10 for priority parcels and first-class letters and Dec. 17 for Express Mail. AWANA Come join AWANA, the weekly children's Bible Club on Sundays from 4-5:30 p.m. at the high school gym. This free club is for 4-year-olds - 6th grade students. The club runs from SeptemberMay. For more information, call the Bamberg Chapel at 0951-300-1570. Postal Service U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg has updated its Postal Service Center webpage to include instructions and links to the U.S. Postal Service for filing online postal claims and a new Temporary Mailing Instructions form that customers may use to submit holding or forwarding instructions for their mail online. For more information visit http:// www.bamberg.army.mil/directorates/dhr/psc.asp. Utility Tax Relief Services 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. 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
Thur. Dec. 9, 2010/ VOL. 5, Issue 48 Catholic clergy. If interested in volunteering at the chapel, call 0951-300-8879. 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 about vehicle registration, call 0951-300-7580. 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. Passport Office The Bamberg Passport Office has upgraded its website. You can now access all the informational handouts at http://www.bamberg.army.mil/ directorates/dhr/passport.asp. For assistance in filling out the Passport Application, download the Application Wizards User’s guide. 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. Fail-
www.bamberg.army.mil ure 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 or call 0951300-8928. Lutheran Worship Service 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. 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; closed on Friday afternoons for mandatory training, federal holidays and weekends. For more information or if you need to make an appointment, call 0951-300-1750. In case of a medical emergency, call the Bamberg Military Police at 0951-300-114. The TRICARE Nurse Advice Line, a toll-free number 00800-4759-2330, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to talk to a nurse about health care concerns, get self-care advice, schedule appointments or arrange a call with your military care provider. 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).
Recycling 1,000 metric tons of metal, plastic, paper and glass will save our community more than €100,000.
Page 6 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. 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. 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 The veterinary office’s 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 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. 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 and help visiting family members get permission to drive USAREUR-plated car or 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.
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Service Office The U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg Retirement Services Officer/Casualty Manager is located in Building 7290, Room 208, next to Burger King. For more information, call 0951-300-7514.
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 team, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sports, Health and Fitness
Ballet Class Registration is open for Child, Youth and School Services SKIES Unlimited ballet classes. The program is for ages 3-8. Classes are on Thursdays from 2 – 4:30 p.m. in Building 7669. Check the class brochure for specific times and holidays. For available slots, e-mail Archie.Johnson1@eur.army.mil or call 0951-300 -7452.
Krav Maga Self-Defense Class The Freedom Fitness Facility is now offering Krav Maga Self-Defense and a women’s selfdefense classes. Classes will be held Fridays. The women’s class will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Krav Maga class will be held from 7-8 p.m. Classes are $10 per lesson or $40 a month. For more information, stop by the FFF, call 0951-300–9086 or e-mail email@example.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 Betty Bullard at 0951-3008874 or e-mail Betty.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bowling Lanes The Birchview Lanes Bowling Center is located in Building 7690. For more information, updates and events, visit the Family and MWR website http://www.bamberg.army.mil/directorates/ dfmwr/bc.asp or call 0951-300-7722. Golf Gift Find the perfect Christmas gift for all golfers at U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg's Golf Pro Shop. Pre-packed grab bags with various certificates, putters, shirts and much more are available. Prices range from $30 - $60. The pro shop is open Tuesday-Sunday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. It is closed on Mondays. For more information, call 0951-300-8953.
Continuing Education Holiday Classes The University of Maryland University College Europe announces registration for the Holiday Express Intersession, a shortened session that allows students to earn credit in half the time over the holidays. Registration is from now through Dec. 19, which is the start date for classes. The Holiday Express schedule can be found at www.ed.umuc.edu/holidayexpress. There is still time for students to register for two field study courses offered Jan. 8-15. Renaissance Art in Florence will be in Italy and Van Gogh: Life and Work will be in the Netherlands. The registration deadline for both courses is Dec. 19. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 06221-3780. College Registration Central Texas College Europe Term III registration begins Jan. 3 and continues through the first day of class. Term III starts Jan. 17 and ends March 11. Courses being offered this term include: Automotive Electrical Systems on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Educating Young Children on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m.; Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m.; Emergency Medical Technician – Basic Certification Course on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6-9:45 p.m.; and Computers in Hospitality on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. For more information, call the Bamberg Field Representative at 0951300-7467 or stop by the Education Center, Room 311. University of Phoenix The University of Phoenix is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. It is located at the Warner Barracks Army Education Center, Building 7047, Room 309. Your local 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 0951-300-9280 or 0951-2085350. German 101 A free Introduction to German class is offered every Monday at noon at the library. Participants will learn some German words and phrases. For more information, call 0951-300-1740. 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.
Youth and Teens Cub Scouts There is a Cub Scout Pack here in Bamberg with four active dens: Tiger Cubs (1st grade), Wolves (2nd grade), Bears (3rd grade), Webelos (4th and 5th grade). There are three meetings per month. There are one-hour activities to accomplish steps toward rank advancements. Pack meetings are once a month (Camp Out, Pinewood Derby, Bowlarama, etc.) Volunteers are needed to assist with den meetings and committee planning. Come and join in the fun of Cub Scouts. For more information about Cub Scouts, call 0162-234-0906 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Youth Lessons Child, Youth and School Services SKIES Unlimited is offering lessons for tennis, racquetball and dance for youth ages 7-18. For more information, e-mail Archie.Johnson1@eur.army.mil or call 0951-300-7452. 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
Teen Stress 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. To obtain a copy of the tool kit and learn more, visit https:// www.myarmyonesource.com/News/2010/07/ OperationPurple.
Closures / Changes MWR Holiday Hours Visit www.flickr.com/photos/bambergmwr/ 5222642707/ for Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation hours during the holiday season. Ed Center The Education Center will be closed for the holidays Dec. 24 and 31. For more information, call 0951-300-7715. Ray’s Diner The hours of operation for Ray's Diner dinner meals are from 5-6:30 p.m. Vehicle Inspection The Customer Service Team Bamberg on Warner Barracks for vehicle inspection, located in Building 7102, will be closed Dec. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. due to their Christmas party. CST will also be closed Dec. 24 and 31 for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve according to the Garrison Agreement. For more information, call 0951 -300-8892. Passport Office The Passport Office will be open for walk-ins from 8 a.m. - noon and appointments from 1 - 3 p.m. Monday though Wednesday during the week of Dec. 20 - 24. The office will be closed Thursday and Friday. Relocation of Bus Stop at Shopping Center The bus stop on 6th Street behind Building 7089 will be relocated soon onto Jefferson Ave at the entry to the walking zone of Commissary and PX. During the construction period, Nov. 8 Jan. 16, 2011, the curved driveway area next to the former post office location will be narrowed in order to adjust the road curbing and establish the new bus stop area. The priority lane will be the one coming from 6th Street onto Jefferson Ave. On weekends, the construction barriers will be moved closer to the curb to allow two-way traffic. Upon completion of all the preparation work, the bus stop will be reIocated to its new location which might cause a one to two day hindrance.
Thur. Dec. 9, 2010/ VOL. 5, Issue 48 Commissary Holiday Hours The Bamberg Commissary will alter its hours for the holidays. The commissary will have the following hours: Monday, Dec. 20 from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 25-26, closed; Monday, Dec. 27 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Jan. 1, closed. Beginning Sunday, Jan. 2, the commissary will resume regular hours. Airport Shuttle The Frankfurt Shuttle Bus has modified hours. The shuttle departs from the Bamberg Army Community Service building Monday-Friday at 6:20 a.m. and arrives at the airport at 10 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. Dental Clinic Preparing Soldiers for deployment and reintegration is the primary focus of the Bamberg Dental Clinic until early 2011. These priorities result in diminished access to space-available dental care for family members greater than 18 years of age. Care for children up to and including age 18 and access to orthodontic care should be minimally affected. All beneficiaries will continue to be able to access sick call for treatment of dental emergencies. Family members can receive care from TRICARE’s preferred providers. Call TRICARE
www.bamberg.army.mil Dental Program customer service in the U.S. toll free from Germany between 8 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Friday Eastern Standard Time; first dial 0800 -225-5288; after the AT&T prompt dial 1-888-4180466. Or, contact the TRICARE Area EurasiaAfrica Dental Office at 0630-267-6358.
ment specials are available. Reserve yours seats early! Call or visit the Stable Theater's Facebook site for more info. E-mail reservations for the musical are accepted at email@example.com. For more information, call 0951-300-8647.
Finance Hours The Bamberg Finance Customer Support Team has extended our hours of operation to better serve the community. The new hours are Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. The office is closed for lunch from noon - 1 p.m.
Poker Tournament Join Bamberg’s upcoming Poker Tournament Jan. 22 at 12 p.m. at Birchview Lanes Bowling Center. The top 10 winners get a chance for great prizes. Prizes include a poker bracelet and an exclusive Royal Flush Poker Set, Nintendo Wii Black Edition, iPod and more. There’s limited seating for up to 80 players, so reserve your seat early. Sign up is $20. For more information or to sign up, e-mail Phillip.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0951-300-7722.
Foot Lockers Foot lockers are no longer delivered to customers through the customer service window at the mail room, located in Building 7116. The mail annex facility, Builidng 7103, bays 21-24 is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. for foot locker pick up. Customers will be able to back-up to the annex doors and load foot lockers directly into their vehicles. Appointments may be made outside of normal hours based on availability of staff. For more information, call 0951-300-8572.
Entertainment and Leisure Stable Theater The Stable Theater presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's Classic "The Sound of Music" Dec. 9-11 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $11/$9 at the door and $9/$7 presale. Family discounts and deploy-
Super Bowl Party Come root for your favorite team in the Super Bowl at the Super Bowl XLV Party on Feb. 6 at the Community Activity Center. For more information, call 0951-300-8659. Outreach KONTAKT Club Events The Outreach KONTAKT Club is an Army in Europe program designed to promote German and American friendship overseas. For more information, contact the German president Klaus Kirchhof by phone at 0951-24378 or by e-mail at email@example.com or contact the American project officer Capt. Carlos Rivera by phone at 0951-300-1610 or send an e-mail to Carlos.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Services delivered, promises kept By Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander, U.S. Army Installation Management Command and Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management The Army made significant promises when it unveiled the Army Family Covenant in October 2007. With the covenant, the Army commits to providing Soldiers and Families a quality of life that acknowledges their service, sacrifice and dedication. Practically speaking, that means providing programs and services -- including Family programs, health care, housing, recreation, education and employment opportunities, and child, school and youth services -that build Soldier and Family well-being, resilience and readiness. As the commanding general of Installation Management Command and the assistant chief of staff for Installation Management, I have the lead for executing the Army Family Covenant. That is a charge I take on wholeheartedly, delivering programs and services that help Soldiers and Families thrive. Soon after I took my post, the Installation Management Community conducted a holistic review of AFC programs to assess if we have the right programs in place to meet Soldier and Family needs. We wanted to know if there were any gaps in services and if we were delivering services effectively. In short, could Soldiers and Families easily get the assistance they need? What Soldiers and Families told us is that they have both too much and too little information on available services. Sometimes they did not know that there is a program to help with a specific need. Sometimes they knew of several programs available through different service providers, but could not tell which would be best for their situation. We took away from the review that we have the right programs in place, but can do a better job of helping Soldiers and Families access those programs. To that end, we began looking at how we can
improve access through the source Soldiers and Families already turn to for help and answers: Army Community Service centers. Army Community Service staff do a lot of heavy lifting in delivering on the promises made in the Army Family Covenant. In fiscal year 2010 ACS staff had more than 14 million contacts with Soldiers, Family members and Civilians, through programs such as Mobilization/Deployment Readiness, Relocation Readiness, Financial Readiness, Army Emergency Relief, Employment Readiness, the Army Spouse Employment Partnership, the Exceptional Family Member Program, the Family Advocacy Program, Survivor Outreach Services, Soldier and family Assistance Centers, Army Family Team Building, and the Army Family Action Plan. From its beginning in 1965, when relocation assistance and the lending closet were among its first services, ACS has continued to grow and evolve. Today it is often the first place Soldiers and Family members go for information, for personal development and for help in an emergency. We want to build on ACS's strengths and central role in the life of an installation. So, based on feedback from 10 focus groups conducted in October, we have developed several ideas for enhancing and updating ACS's capabilities and processes. One idea we are looking at is transitioning a number of ACS staff into generalist positions, which will focus on helping Soldiers and Family members navigate services. These staff will be fully crosstrained in all basic ACS services and familiar with other services available across the installation, and will have the tools to be able to do more in-depth assessments of client needs. With this informa(SERVICES continued on page 13)
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AFN airing viewer-produced TV commercials during Super Bowl Potential producers, actors and directors can catch a break by competing in Armed Forces Network Europe’s Super Bowl commercial competition.
The Town (R)
Easy A (PG-13)
Tangled (PG) (1st Run)
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG)
Tangled (PG) (1st Run)
Easy A (PG-13)
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG)
Wall Street Money Never Sleeps (PG-13)
The Tourist (PG-13)(1st Run)
My Soul To Take (R)
Case 39 (R)
The Tourist (PG-13)(1st Run)
Case 39 (R)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)(1st Run)
**Closed for Christmas**
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)(1st Run)
Life As We Know It (PG-13)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)(1st Run)
Last year, AFN Europe’s YouDoIt Campaign resulted in 145 viewer produced commercials airing on AFN TV during the NFL Championship game. After the Super Bowl the commercials were posted on YouTube and, for several days, were in the top 11 most viewed on the YouTube Director channel in Germany. Several viewer-produced commercials are still airing on AFN. Now, YouDoIt has returned for another round of competitors. ―This is my favorite event of the year,‖ said AFN Europe Commander Col. Bill Bigelow. ―We know our viewers miss the advertiser’s Super Bowl commercials, but the next best thing is letting the audience make their own Super Bowl commercials. Last year’s You Do It was a hit with the viewers so why mess with success? We at AFN look forward to this year’s batch of commercials created by the viewers. We know they will be creative, funny, and a welcome break from the commercials they see the rest of the year.‖ Submit your 14- or 29-second commercial to AFN by Jan. 10. If it meets submission criteria, it will air during the Super Bowl and pregame show in February. Find YouDoIt details and an entry release form at afneurope.net. AFN can’t air standard stateside commercials at any time, to include the Super Bowl. Hollywood producers give AFN free live sports and entertainment out of patriotism and because AFN is non -profit. If AFN aired talking frog, Internet service and soda commercials, the military network would have to pay for live sports and entertainment, just like commercial broadcast stations — something AFN can’t afford to do. The best way to see stateside Super Bowl commercials is online or on TV news shows the day following the Super Bowl. Later, Morris, surrounded by children, flipped the switch that lit up the Christmas tree. Following the tree lighting, Santa Claus made his entrance in a military police car and entered the fest tent where he posed for pictures with the children.
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They will continue to collect toys at the Army Community Service and Child Development Center buildings until Dec. 10. For more information about the local Toys for Tots toy drive or donations, contact Jennifer Otereo at 0951-300-7821 or by e-mail at Jennifer.Otero@eur.army.mil Onstage, the U.S. Army Europe quartet kicked off the event with some holiday music. Throughout the evening, musical acts from Bamberg schools, Strong Beginnings, the Free Gospel Singers and the Greater Nation Choir performed as well as the Middle School Teen Five Star Steppers. After the sun went down, the crowd of more than 600 people moved outside to see the lighting of the tree, which was a gift from the Amt für Landwirtschaft und Forsten Bamberg, the local forest office. ―Christmas is a time of joy and happiness,‖ Lt. Col. Steven L. Morris, U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg commander, said prior to lighting the tree. ―It’s a time of giving, a time for prayer and a time for the children….Let
us all be thankful for the opportunity to spend some quality time with our most precious blessing - our children, our Families and our friends.‖ He asked the community to remember both the recently returned Soldiers and those that are deployed or are in the process of deploying. Morris also thanked those organizations who helped contribute to the success of the event including the Family Readiness Groups from the 16th Sustainment Brigade, 16th Special Troops Battalion, 391st CSSB, 42nd Clearance Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery of the 4th Battalion 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 54th Engineer Battalion and the Protestant Women of the Chapel.
Despite the chilly temperatures, community members seemed pleased with the event. Sgt. Shon Berry, with the 54th Eng. Bn. thought the event was nice. ―This is our first year here in Bamberg and the first time being away from our family for the holidays,‖ said Berry, who was attending the event with his wife and children ―This is a good event for the whole family.‖ Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mandi Soroka enjoyed the event. ―It was a great community event,‖ she said. ―(Morris) seems very family-oriented and brings that into the community.‖ To view more photos from the event, click here.
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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. Interested persons can send resumes to Jenny.Dietrich@eur.army.mil or 09721-96-8986/6791. (7/19/10)
AUTOMOBILES Please call us and tell us when you sell your item so we can remove the advertisement. Thank you.
EMPLOYMENT Vendor/stocker position available for night stocking in the Bamberg Commissary. For more information, call Customer Service at 0951-300-7650. (12/8/10)
For Sale: Toyota RAV4, 2003. Asking $9,000. Toyota RAV4 is a four-cylinder, gold, leather seats, 78,000 miles, regular maintenance, no accidents. E-mail email@example.com for photos and more information. (12/1/10) For Sale: Red 2002 Dodge Stratus R/T, $6,000, 4-door, 2.7 liter, V6 automatic transmission, leather seats, 4 disc CD changer, auto-start, alarm, A/C, power seat, rear spoiler, all season tires, alloy 17" rims, new brakes, rotors, and battery, single owner. Call Liz at 0170-907-9377 for info. (10/25/10)
Daily pet sitting services required for one female French Bulldog, Monday through Friday and possibly occasional weekends when out of town. She is house trained and very good with children/dogs, a true joy to have around. If interested, please contact 1st Lt. Troy Shoemaker at 0151405-21294 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Sale: 2008 Toyota Tacoma, PreRunner SR-5, VR 6 (236 HP). Less than 15.5K miles. Auto Transmission, Class III hitch, oil cooler, limited slip differential, access cab, upgraded interior (CD, etc), two-wheel drive. Asking $20,500. For more information, call 0951-300-8901 or 0954-998-8078, or e-mail email@example.com.
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)
For Sale: Ford Fusion, 2007. Asking $10,750. 2007 Ford Fusion I4 SE, 4cylinder, dark blue pearl metallic, charcoal interior, black leather seats. 35,000 miles, regular maintenance, no accidents. Will deliver anywhere in Germany. E-mail email@example.com for photos and more information. (8/10/10)
AAFES Bamberg is accepting applications for entry-level retail and food service positions. Join our team, log on to www.aafes.com today and be part of our new workforce of tomorrow. For more information, call the Human Resources Office at 0951-303159.
For Sale: Mitsubishi Montero LS 1995 $2,800 OBO; SUV 6-passenger, Security Alarm. System, CD/MP3 player, Heater/ AC, Automatic, Power Windows, Cruise Control, Excellent Condition, No problem with vehicle inspection, Owner PCS'ing, call 0152-285-74842 or e-mail Amberglen5602@yahoo.com. (8/30/10) For Sale: For Sale: 2007 Harley Davidson Night Rod Special (US Spec). Gloss black, 9,500 miles, excellent condition
Trips and Travel Opportunities Take a trip with Bamberg Outdoor Recreation in December
www.bamberg.army.mil (garage kept), new tires, new battery, two sets of mirrors, cover included for $13,000 OBO. For more information or pictures, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. (10/6/10)
FOR SALE The Bamberg Girl Scouts' is accepting donations for a garage sale to be held at a later date. E-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Weight Bench $75; Curl Bar $20; 2 Long Bars $15 each; 2 Dumbbell Bars $10 for the set. 4x10 lb plates, 2x5 kg plates, 10x5 lb plates, 4x10 lb plates, 2x10 kg plates, 2x25 lb plates, 2x3 lb plates. All weights are 40 cents per pound and the complete set price can be negotiable. Leg Extender $50; Computer Desk $30. Call 0951-300-7044. (11/8/10) AAFES Bello 60" TV stand black glass and wood face. Purchased three months ago for $500, selling for $400. Two cherry wood DVD / CD cases. Each holds 156 DVDs, $60 for both. Pictures available. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 0170-328-7496. (8/23/10)
MISCELLANEOUS Anyone having any claims on or obligations to the estate of Sgt. Raymond C. Alcaraz of the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, should contact the summary court officer, 1st Lt. Rachel Larson, at 0951-300-9118 or e -m ai l Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org. (9/15/10) Anyone having any claims on or obligations to the estate of Pfc. James A. Page should contact the summary court martial officer, Chief Warrant Officer Ling F. Chen, at 0951-300-7756. (9/15/10) Anyone having any claims on or obligations to the estate of Pfc. Matthew E. George should contact the summary court martial officer, 1st Lt. Homar M. Marval, at 0172-445-7909 or e-mail email@example.com. (9/15/10) Garage wanted! Looking for a garage to park a vehicle in Bamberg, preferable on post. Call 0179-763-2766. 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). PCSing? Can’t find a new home for your dog? Please don’t abandon him/her, call us first. No questions asked. We are a privately funded non-profit dog rescue. Will give your dog solace and placement with a new, loving family. Located in Bamberg and open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Call 0954-532-2881 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. (8/23/10)
AD SUBMISSIONS When submitting a classified ad for publication, be sure to include your name, address and telephone number. We will not advertise commercial services. Classified ads will be erased after three weeks of being published in the Warner Weekly. If you have something you want to advertise in the classified section, please e-mail your submission to the Public Affairs Office at email@example.com. We will ONLY accept classified ads by e-mail. We will not accept advertisements by phone or hand-written. These classified ads are a free service to you and in order for us to provide them, they must be in a cut-and-paste text only format. We hope this service is something you will utilize. For more information, call 0951-300-1600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan. 14-17 Ski & Snowboard $225 Grab your gear or get a reduced rental ($20) with ODR and hit the slopes. Ischgl has endless miles of slopes with the latest lifts, along with the best nightlife in an Austrian ski town! Trip includes transportation, three-nights lodging at double or triple occupancy (first come first serve) and breakfast. DOES NOT INCLUDE LIFT PASS. Departs Jan. 14 from ODR at 2 a.m., returns Jan. 17 around 10 p.m.
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 Jan. 22 Wine Tasting $30 will be refunded with documentation. For more trips, visit http://www.bamberg.army.mil/ Tease your taste buds as you sample different wines at Schloss Buttenheim. directorates/dfmwr/odr.asp. Learn the differences between a Merlot and Silvaner, among others. Wine,
olive oil, and other gourmet items can be purchased, so be sure to bring your VAT forms. Trip departs ODR at 1 p.m., returns about 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18 Regensburg Christmas Market $30 Smell the roasted almonds, purchase a nutcracker and enjoy the holiday Jan. 29 Snowshoe Hike $25 spirit with a trip to the Regensburg Christmas Market. Trip includes transpor- Discover a new way to traverse the winter plains by joining ODR on a snowtation; departs the chapel parking lot at 9 a.m. and returns around 7 p.m. shoe hike through the Fichtegebirge winter wonderland! Trip includes snowshoes and transportation. Departs ODR at 10 a.m., returns about. 5 p.m.
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Weekend events in and around Bamberg Dec. 10 - 19
Friday, Dec. 17 9:30 a.m. Last minute – exquisite items for Christmas; arts & crafts made from fine china, ceramics and more; Altes Rathaus (entrance at Sammlung Ludwig), Obere Brücke 1, 96047 Bamberg (through Sunday)
Friday, Dec. 10 5 p.m. Advent music for organ; St. Stephanskirche (church), Stephansplatz 5, 96049 Bamberg 5 p.m. Die Schweinfurter Schlachtschüssel (Schweinfurt meat platter); 3-hour dinner event with typical Franconian meats and sausages, no plates – just small wooden boards to eat from; starts at Restaurant Ebracher Hof in the Rittergasse; cost €20 per person, tickets need to purchased in advance at the Tourist Information, Rathaus, Markt 1, Schweinfurt; phone: 09721-513600 8 p.m. Scarlet Road; Live-Club, Obere Sandstrasse 7, 96049 Bamberg, 0951-53304, email@example.com, www.live-club.de 9 p.m. The Peacocks, Sound´n Arts Club, Sandstrasse 20, 96049 Bamberg
Saturday, Dec. 18 6 p.m. Egypt during the times of the pharaohs; photo exhibit; Schloss Burgellern, Kirchplatz 1, 96110 Schesslitz, 0954-277-4750, firstname.lastname@example.org 6:30 p.m. ―Vom Himmel hoch‖ (concert with traditional German Christmas songs); St. Martin church, Weichenwasserlos, Martinsberg 2, 96110 Schesslitz; contact Dr. Christian Rinck, 0954-322-2687, free admission, donations welcome 8 p.m. Two in Tune; Live Club, Obere Sandstrasse 7, 96049 Bamberg, 0951-53304, email@example.com, www.live-club.de 9 p.m. OZ ONE; Sound´n Arts Club, Sandstrasse 20, 96049 Bamberg 9 p.m. Schweinsohr Selection, Funk, Soul; Jazzclub Bamberg e.V., Obere Sandstrasse 18, 96050 Bamberg
Saturday, Dec. 11 8 a.m. Hiking in Oberasbach; 5K, 10K, 21K, start at St. JohannesStrasse (DJK Halle), 90522 Oberasbach; fees are € 1.50 for IVV stamp, €3.80 for stamp and figurine, for more information contact Mr. Schweininger at 0911-698065 or e-mail Rudolf.firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Mr. Berdami at 0911-794919 or e-mail email@example.com; (also on Sunday) 8 a.m. Hiking in Weissenbrunn; 5K and 10K, start at ―Leßbachtalhalle‖, Schulweg 4, Weissenbrunn; fees are €1.50 for IVV stamp and €3.80 for stamp and figurine, for more information contact Mr. Rupp at 09261-2146 4 p.m. Christmas Market in Pettstadt; Kirchplatz, 96175 Pettstadt (also Sunday) 6 p.m. Medieval and renaissance concert; classical Christmas music; Schloss Wernsdorf, Zur Schleifmühle 4, 96129 Wernsdorf, 095154900, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.capella-antiqua.de 6:30 p.m. Don Carlo, opera by Guiseppe Verdi; live from the MET at the CineStar movie theater in the Atrium shopping mall, Bamberg; admission: €27 8 p.m. Franz Benton; Live-Club, Obere Sandstrasse 7, 96049 Bamberg, 0951-53304, email@example.com, www.live-club.de 8:30 p.m. Salsa Navidad in the Haas-Säle; Haas-Säle, Obere Sandstrasse 7, 96049 Bamberg, 0951-53304, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.haas-saele.de 9 p.m. Uni Bigband, Swing, Rock, Pop, Funk; Jazzclub Bamberg e.V., Obere Sandstrasse 18, 96050 Bamberg
Sunday, Dec. 19 5 p.m. Christmas musical; modern and classical music recreating the Christmas story; Erlöserkirche (church), Kunigundendamm 15, 96050 Bamberg; email@example.com; tickets: pfar firstname.lastname@example.org 8 p.m. Steve Reeves; Live Club, Obere Sandstrasse 7, 96049 Bamberg, 0951-53304, email@example.com, www.live-club.de
Outside the Gate
Sunday, Dec. 12 9 a.m. International cat exhibit; meet Garfield’s relatives; admission: €5, children under 15 free; Jahn-Kulturhalle, Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Strasse 10, 91301 Forchheim, phone: 0911-2448107, visit: www.bavarian-cfa.de 10 a.m. Christmas Market and market day in Burgebrach; Marktand Hauptstrasse, 96138 Burgebrach 1 p.m. Advent Market in Altendorf; Egloffsteiner Hof, Egloffsteiner Ring 2, 96146 Altendorf
Special Events: Special Exhibit: Reconstruction and Economic Miracle (Wiederaufbau und Wirtschaftswunder): the exhibit features the time right after World War II and the early 1960s in Franconia. Visitors learn how people experienced these turbulent times, economically and socially; open through Jan. 23, closed on Mondays and Dec. 24-25; Historisches Museum Bayreuth, Kirchplatz 4, Bayreuth, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.historischesmuseum-bayreuth.de Christmas Market in Bamberg: Now – Dec. 23; various concerts and events surrounding the market like the Medieval Christmas Market inside Geyerswörth castle (Dec. 4 – 12), and the Arts & Crafts Market (Dec. 11 – 12). There is also an exhibition of various nativity sets (Bamberger Krippenweg) in Bamberg’s churches and museums (now – Jan 6, 2011). Visit: www.weihnachtsmarkt-bamberg.de Christkindlesmarkt in Nürnberg: the most famous German Christmas market. Aside from the traditional German booths, you can enjoy arts & crafts from several countries like Turkey, Poland, France, Sri Lanka, Italy, the US, and more. Nürnberg, Hauptmarkt (main market place downtown Nürnberg); visit: www.christkindlesmarkt.de More Christmas Markets: Würzburg (now – Dec. 23) in downtown area; Erlangen (now – Dec. 23) at the Schlossplatz in Erlangen; Frankfurt/Main (now – Dec. 22) in the historical downtown area around the ―Römer‖ (city hall), Römerberg, Frankfurt; Fulda (now – Dec. 23) in the historical downtown area in front of the Dom (cathedral) and castle, special exhibit of nativity sets from around the world at the Aula Alte Universität
1. Buy products with the least amount of packaging or none at all.
1. When shopping for appliances, look for the ENEGY STAR label.
2. Be creative- find new ways to reduce waste quantity and toxicity.
2. Take short showers instead of baths.
3. Buy reconditioned electrical appliances.
3. Carpeting on floors in bathrooms and kitchens is a heat-saver and comfort-maker.
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free classes the gym already has including a circuit PT and indoor cycling class. The reason the two new classes have a fee is that they are taught by contractors. ―The free classes are offered by staff members, who are already on the clock, or volunteers within the community,‖ Williams said. ―The contractors are certified instructors.‖ Williams is pleased with the classes the gym offers. ―The quality of classes here at the Freedom Fitness Facility is amazing,‖ she said. However, she said she would love to increase the number and variety of classes. ―I just don’t know who we have in the community,‖ she said. ―I am always looking to offer more classes. If you are interested I can help lead you in the right direction.‖
Several dozen community members, led by instructor Annie Heavrin, work up a sweat during a Zumba class on a recent Tuesday morning at the Freedom Fitness Facility. Zumba, a Latininspired dance fitness class, is one of several new classes the facility is now offering..
If anyone is certified in a fitness-related activity and is interested in teaching a class or anyone who would like to find out about the certification process, is asked to contact Williams.
For more information about the Freedom Fitness Facility and its classes, log on to www.bamberg.army.mil/mwr or log on to their Facebook site at Bamberg Sports & Fitness.
All classes can be paid at the front desk at the Freedom Fitness Facility before the class.
To receive a copy of the monthly class schedule and any updates, e-mail Tonya Williams at email@example.com.
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children; members of the Outreach Kontakt Club have spent time visiting with the students every holiday season for the past few years, particularly visiting the 3-6 year-old group.
children’s renditions of German, American and Spanish seasonal songs including ―Jingle Bells‖ and ―Feliz Navidad.‖
they get just as much out of it as the children.
The visitors then shared information about who they were and where they were from.
―You see the kids faces, how they react to what they’re getting and it’s just priceless,‖ Alcantar-Aleman said.
The club is part of an Army in Europe program designed to promote German and American friendship overseas. Club members take part in a variety of activities throughout the year.
Sgt. Roberto Alcantar-Aleman, a Soldier in the 16th Sustainment Brigade, told the children that growing up in the desert he saw little green or snow.
Jendrzejewski, who is in her second year as an Outreach Kontakt Club member, was able to take part in the program last year and enjoyed visiting with the children.
German President of the club Klaus Kirchhof said he looks forward to visiting the school every year.
The children were asked to name different animals as they each picked a stuffed animal from the large donated pile in the middle of the room. Soldiers and club members then handed out candy and other treats.
Though not a part of the club, AlcantarAleman found the experience valuable.
More than a donation of toys for the children, attendees spent time listening to the
―The kids like it because it is something else in their daily work and they are very happy to get very little things,‖ Kirchhof said. ―They enjoy it.‖ According to the Soldiers in attendance,
It originated under the slogan Toys for Tots three years ago, he said. And every Kontakt Club president since then has visited the school.
―You actually get to mingle with the community and not just be locked down to post,‖ he said. For more information about the Outreach Kontakt Club, contact Kirchhof at 095124378 or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Capt. Carlos Rivera at 0951-300-1610 or Carlos.email@example.com.
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"It's important that we take this time to recognize our unit's sacrifices and accomplishments, as it highlights the honorable service of this great brigade and reminds us of why we serve," said Col. Jim Johnson, commander of 173rd ABCT. "In an era when it’s tempting to chase personal ambition and narrow self interest, everyone here: Sky Soldier, family member, supporters of the 173rd, all of you have chosen the opposite. You have answered the call to duty."
tion, they will be able to help clients not only access the programs that address their immediate concerns, but also take advantage of programs that help them meet longer-term goals. If clients need specialized assistance, these staff will make sure they see the right person and will follow up until they have gotten the help they need.
During the ceremony, a monument dedicated to all of the brigade's fallen heroes was unveiled.
Another idea is to decentralize service delivery locations. ACS will continue to deliver services in traditional ACS centers, but they will also move out to units, in/out processing centers, post exchanges, commissaries, Soldier Readiness Processing sites, community centers, off-post locations — wherever they need to go to support Soldiers and Families in their communities. In addition, ACS will increase its delivery of services online through Army OneSource (www.myArmyOneSource.com), to reach all Soldiers and Family members regardless of location or component.
In addition to the unveiling of the Sky Soldiers’ mobile monument, the brigade and its units uncased their colors, making their return from Afghanistan official in front of a crowd that filled the FFF. Camp Ederle, in Vicenza, Italy, will be conducting a similar ceremony Dec. 9. "This will be a mobile monument - one that will go with the brigade wherever it is stationed symbolically representing the fact that we will never forget our fallen heroes who gave their lives so that others could live," Johnson said. Personnel from the 173rd ABCT ensured that the Families of the fallen Soldiers could make the trip to Germany to see the unveiling of the monument and be a part of the ceremony. ―Everyone here has been so nice to us,‖ said Cristi Page, sister of Spc. James Anthony Page, who was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan Aug. 31. ―We appreciate everything that has been done here.‖ Johnson also made sure to thank all members of the 173rd ABCT as well as family members, with a special emphasis on the family members of the fallen. ―With recognition, there must also be thanks,‖ Johnson added. "Your presence today, reinforced our efforts to never forget the sacrifices that your sons, brothers and husbands made so that we may succeed and live."
We will continue to seek feedback on these and other proposed changes during focus groups I will hold during my upcoming visits to installations. I want to hear from you, Soldiers and Family members, about what will work for you, and from your leaders about how to enhance ACS support. Once you have helped us refine our thinking, we will use your input to design pilot programs at five installations. The pilot programs will run from April to October 2011. The intent behind the proposals — and behind any change ultimately made permanent — is to ensure that Soldiers and family members can find the right service at the right time, the first time they seek assistance. There is no wrong door for accessing ACS services. No matter whom Soldiers and Family members talk with or where they seek services, they have come to the right place. ACS is there for them now, when they are dealing with today's concern, and tomorrow, as they pursue long-term personal goals. ACS is by no means the only organization on an installation providing services and programs that contribute to the quality of life for Soldiers and Families, but it is often the first place Soldiers and Families look to. So it is a natural place for the Installation Management Community to look to as well, as we continually seek ways to make the delivery of services as effective as possible.
Family members and 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Soldiers comfort each other as they look at the newly unveiled mobile memorial commemorating the fallen Sky Soldiers. The memorial was unveiled during a ceremony Dec. 7 at the Freedom Fitness Facility. Several family members traveled to Germany to attend the ceremony.
The work of ACS and other quality-of-life service providers is highly visible, tangible proof that the Army is delivering on the promises of the Army Family Covenant. Because of the importance of those promises, we in the Installation Management Community take our responsibility for the delivery of services very seriously. We are committed to providing a strong, supportive environment. The long-term strength of our all-volunteer Army depends on the well-being of Soldiers and Families, but more than that, we owe it to our Soldiers and Families, for their ongoing service and dedication.
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