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The Citizen, January 26, 2012

The Citizen, January 26, 2012

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Published by USAGStuttgart
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MPs crackdown on traffic violations
Do you know how to handle a medical emergency?
Top Marines talk ‘family readiness’

All this and more in this edition of the Citizen.
Headlines:
MPs crackdown on traffic violations
Do you know how to handle a medical emergency?
Top Marines talk ‘family readiness’

All this and more in this edition of the Citizen.

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Vol. 41, No. 2 www.stuttgart.army.mil January 26, 2012 
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 Effective Feb. 13, U.S. Army GarrisonStuttgart Army Post Offices and commu-nity mail rooms will begin to operate withreduced customer service hours.
Post offices, mailrooms to cut hoursLooking for snow thiswinter?
Page 6Page 9
 In search of snow, an alpine experience or  simply a change in scenery? Schoppernau, Austria, offers patrons skiing, snow board-ing and full-spectrum winter fun.
See
Crackdown
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By Army Capt. Jennifer Gates
Stuttgart Army Health Clinic
I
t’s 2 a.m. and you have a medical emergency.Do you know what to do?Time is an important factor when emer-gency care is required, so who do you call first? Wheredo you go? How do you get to the hospital?The Stuttgart Army Health Clinic on Patch Bar-racks is not staffed nor equipped to respond to anemergency and does not provide an ambulance service.If you or a family member are in a true emergencysituation, here’s what to do:
Call DSN 114 or 116, or civilian 0711-680-114/116 
You can call the German ambulance service, but toguarantee an English speaker, call the Military Policeat DSN 116 or 114. They will contact the Germanambulance service and a Host Nation Patient Liaison.If your emergency is on an installation, the MPs willalso meet the ambulance at the gate and escort it ontothe installation.German first responders will triage and transporta patient to the nearest emergency room that can treattheir injury or condition.
Use Host Nation Patient Liaisons
 Newly admitted patients can expect a visit froma patient liaison.The patient liaisons are fluent in English andGerman, and their primary duty is to help facilitatea community member’s stay in a German hospital.They serve as a conduit between the patient andthe medical staff to provide the patient and his or her family with updates on the patient’s medical conditionand treatment plan.If a patient requires follow-on care or transportationto another health care facility, the patient liaisons willhelp in the planning process.When a patient is ready to be discharged, the patientliaisons will explain how to obtain medications fromGerman pharmacies.
Emergencies while traveling 
A prudent traveler will find out which host nationhospitals at their destination offer emergency care.Tricare beneficiaries can contact International SOS,the company that administers the Tricare OverseasProgram, at 0800-181-8505 (toll-free from Germany)or at their international line at 0044-20-8762-8133 for a list of emergency rooms in their travel area.If medical guidance is required, travelers can callthe Nurse Advice Line toll-free at 00800-4759-2330or 0800-825-1600. A registered nurse will review your signs and symptoms to help determine the severity of the injury.If you have an emergency and are not locatednear a military community, call 112, the Europeanemergency services number.The U.S. Army Europe Crisis Action Center canalso be reached 24 hours a day at DSN 377-4906/civ.06221-39-4906.
MPs crackdown on traffic violations
Story & photo by Susan Huseman
USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs Office
T
he U.S. Army GarrisonStuttgart Directorate of Emergency Services hasdeclared war on illegal parking andabandoned vehicles.In the first 10 days of 2012, MilitaryPolice issued 342 parking citations, predominately on Patch and KelleyBarracks.MPs have tagged 84 vehicleswith yellow “abandoned vehicle”stickers since Thanksgiving. Eighthave been towed.The crackdown is meant to enforceregulations, reduce traffic congestionand improve safety.The most frequent violations include parking in a no parking zone, overnight parking and parking on a sidewalk.
Do you know how to handle a medical emergency? 
 Spc. Jonathan Mullis, a Military Policemanwith the USAG  Stuttgart  Provost 
 Marshal Ofce,
tickets anillegally parked vehicle Jan.17 on Kelley Barracks.The MPsare cracking down onillegal parking in an effort to improve safety and 
reduce trafc
congestion.
 
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The Citizen, January 26, 2012
This newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the Department of Defense. Contents of The Citizen are not neces-sarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or the Department of the Army. All editorial content in this publicationis prepared, edited, provided and approved by the USAG StuttgartPublic Affairs Office. Private organizations noted in this publicationare not part of Department of Defense.The appearance of advertising in this publication, includinginserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement of theproducts or services advertised by the U.S. Army. Everythingadvertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase,use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, nationalorigin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliationor any other nonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. If aviolation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the printer shall refuse to print advertising from thatsource until the violation is corrected. The Citizen is a biweeklyoffset press publication published by AdvantiPro GmbH. Circulationis 6,000 copies. For 
display advertising rates
, call Sabine Voglat civ. 0631-3033-5537, or e-mail ads@stuttgartcitizen.com. For 
classified advertising rates
, call Sabrina Barclay at civ. 0631-3033-5531, e-mail class@stuttgartcitizen.com.
Contact Information
Telephone: 431-3105/civ. 07031-15-3105Fax: 431-3096/civ. 07031-15-3096E-mail: stuttgartmedia@eur.army.milWeb site: www.stuttgart.army.milOffice Location: Building 2949, Panzer KaserneU.S. Army Address: Unit 30401, APO AE 09107German Address: USAG-S PAO, Panzer Kaserne,Geb. 2949, 3rd Floor, Panzerstrasse, 71032 Böblingen
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Col. Carl D. Bird
U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Commander CI Chief/Editor 
Susan Huseman
susan.j.huseman.civ@mail.mil
 Public Affairs Officer 
Mark Howell
mark.j.howell4.civ@mail.mil
 www.stuttgart.army.mil
 Assistant Editor 
Carola Meusel
carola.e.meusel.ln@mail.mil
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“‘King of the Hill.’ Ilike the ideal Americanneighborhood.”
What’s your favorite TV show? 
Chief Warrant Officer 3Randall Rogers
(U.S. Marine Corps)
Tech. Sgt. Liz Arbjohn
(U.S. Air Force)
“Football. My husbandand I are JacksonvilleJaguars fans.”
Sgt. 1st ClassVerneecia Harris
(U.S. Army)
“‘Love and Hip Hop.’It’s entertaining.”
Jackie Choice
(Spouse)
“I like ‘DesperateHousewives’ because of the drama. I’m happyit’s not my own.”“‘Dexter.’ It gives youthe other side and itsdarker reality.”
Spc. Kory Jamison
(U.S. Army)
 
Lt. Col. Susie Lewis
(U.S. Air Force)
“‘Extreme Makeover.’It’s about peoplehelping people in need.”
Sgt. George Martinez
(U.S. Army)
“‘UFC’ because thefighting is entertainingand real.”
Sgt. Matt Lyman
(U.S. Marine Corps)
“‘How I Met your Mother’ because of thedynamics between thecharacters.”
Y
ou should be aware of recent allegationsof hazing within the ranks of our armedforces, and we want to take this op- portunity to clearly address these troubling reports.We echo the emphasis that Secretary of De-fense [Leon] Panetta and Chairman [of the JointChiefs of Staff Gen. Martin] Dempsey have placedon this matter. Every Army professional has a personal obligation to prevent hazing and ensurethat we treat all of our comrades in arms withdignity and respect.Hazing is not compatible with Army values.The very foundation of what we do depends ontrust, and trust depends on the treatment of allSoldiers with dignity and respect by fellow Sol-diers and leaders.Without this, our profession is placed in jeopardy, our readiness suffers and our missionsuccess is at risk.Hazing, in any form, has no place in our Armyand will not be tolerated.This applies at all levels to all active, guardand reserve Soldiers, civilians and contractors.This is not new.Hazing has been explicitly prohibited byArmy Regulation 600-20 and the Uniform Codeof Military Justice for many years. Individualswho participate in, allow or condone hazing may be subject to disciplinary action that may includenon-judicial punishment or court martial.We recognize that leaders must enforce stan-dards and exercise strong leadership and that thismay include organizing team-building activities.This does not, however, allow for any activity thatcrosses the line and results in an abuse of power and deliberate humiliation.Effective leaders must never participate in, al-low or condone hazing. We expect every member of the Army — military and civilian — to vigilantlyguard against any form of hazing and to report anyincident of hazing to the chain of command.As stated by Secretary Panetta, this has a directimpact on force readiness. At this point in our na-tion’s history, the stakes are simply too high for us to fail.Our professional values are one of the essentialcomponents that make us who we are — the bestArmy in the world and the strength of the nation.Army strong!
Message from Army leadership
Army pros urged to guard against hazing
Secretary of the Army John M.Hugh, Army Chief of Staff Gen.Raymond T. Odierno and Sgt.Maj. of the Army Raymond F.Chandler III recently issued amemorandum outlining everyArmy professional’s obligation toprevent hazing.
The very foundation of what we do depends ontrust, and trust dependson the treatment of all Soldiers with dignity and respect by fellow Soldiers and leaders.
 
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The Citizen,
 
January 26, 2012
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News & Notes
Mandatory TARP briefings
U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart will holdThreat Awareness and Reporting Program briefings for military and civilian person-nel. Family members are also encouragedto attend.Briefings in English are scheduled inthe
Patch Theater
Feb. 13-16 at 9 and 11a.m., and 1 p.m.; and at 3 p.m. on Feb. 14and 16 only. On Feb. 17, briefings will beheld at 9 and 11 a.m.The
Panzer Chapel
will host English-language briefings Feb. 21, 22 and 24 at 9and 11 a.m., and 1 p.m.In the
Kelley Theatre
, English brief-ings will be held Feb. 27 through March 1at 9 and 11 a.m., and 1 p.m.; on Feb. 28 andMarch 1 a 3 p.m. briefing is also scheduled.
Briefings in German
will be heldFeb. 13, 15 and 17 at 3 p.m. in the PatchTheater; Feb. 21, 22 and 24 at 3 p.m. inthe Panzer Chapel; and Feb. 27 and 29 at 3 p.m. in the Kelley Theatre.All military and civilian personnel, re-gardless of branch of service, are required toreceive a TARP briefing at least once a year.For more information, contact your unit’s security manager.
(This information was provided by theStuttgart Field Office.)
Career snapshot now avail-able for Army APF employees
Army U.S. appropriated fund employ-ees are now able to view their Civilian Ca-reer Brief at the Army Civilian Personnelwebsite employee portal. The CRB, foundunder the employee tab, is a one-pagesnapshot of an employee’s official dataand provides employees an opportunityto review and correct vital information inseveral Army databases.For more information, visit https://acpol.army.mil.
New DISA senior enlisted leader 
The Defense Information Systems-Europeheld a change of responsibility ceremony Jan.6 on Patch Barracks.Command Master Chief James Barnesturned over the duties as senior enlisted leader to Command Master Chief Richard P. O’Rawe,who O’Rawe hails from the USS Barry.Barnes and his family will transfer to the Navy Information Operations Command inSan Antonio, Texas.
(This information was provided by De- fense Information Systems-Europe.)
Volunteer hours due
Stuttgart military community volunteersmust log their 2011 hours by Jan. 31 toreceive credit at the Volunteer RecognitionCeremony scheduled for April 5.To log hours in the Volunteer Manage-ment Information System system, visitwww.myarmyonesource.com and click on“Volunteer Tools” in the top right corner.For more information, contact ArmyCommunity Service at 431-3362/civ.07031-15-3362.
 Lt. Gen. Dennis J. Hejlik, MFE commanding general, speaks to more than 50 Marine spouses and 20U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart community leaders during a Family Readiness town hall meeting held at  Panzer Chapel Jan. 11. Hejlik discussed the downsizing of the Corps, and the importance of education.
Top Marines talk ‘family readiness’
Story & photo by Gunnery Sgt. William Price
Marine Forces Europe/Africa Public Affairs Office
L
t. Gen. Dennis J. Hejlik, Marine ForcesEurope commanding general, and Lt. Gen.John M. Paxton, Marine Forces Africa,commanding general, spoke to more than 50 Marinespouses from the Stuttgart military community dur-ing a Family Readiness town hall meeting held in thePanzer Chapel Jan. 11.Brig. Gen. Charles Chiarotti, the Marine ForcesEurope/Africa, deputy commanding general, openedthe forum by thanking all attendees, to include morethan 20 members of the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgartcommunity leadership.Hejlik, who spoke candidly and from the heart,addressed various Marine Corps issues to include thedownsizing of active and reserve components, and theimportance of education.“By educating our Marines, both officers andenlisted, we are going to have a better Marine Corps.The better educated we are, the better we take care of our family,” Hejlik said.He should know.Hejlik, who rose from the ranks as a private to athree-star general in his 40 years of service, accepted anhonorable discharge in 1972 to pursue an education andreturned to the Corps in 1975 as a second lieutenant.Paxton, who also heads the Family ReadinessCommittee for the Marine Corps, talked about thehistory of the Family Readiness Program, availableservices and the impact of financial restraints.“The days of ‘if the Marine Corps wanted youto have a wife, they would have issued you one’ areover. While the Marine Corps Community Service program faces cutbacks, Family Readiness and the[Family Readiness officer] programs are here to stay,”said the 37-year veteran and II Marine ExpeditionaryForce commanding general.He also discussed the morphing of mass com-munication into the new “E-Marine” website as theway forward.E-Marine, at www.emarine.org, was created inearly 2011 as a secure website for Marines and spousesto receive up-to-date information on community andcommand events, and local resources. The MFE/MFAE-Marine page is scheduled to debut Jan. 26.Following the information briefings, the forum wasopened for a question and answer session with MFE/MFA and USAG Stuttgart leaders. The discussed topicsranged from the future of tuition and transition assis-tance, pensions, to health care, the welfare of junior Marines, and the Post-9/11 GI Bill.During the town hall meeting, Kathleen Cole,deputy to the garrison commander and daughter of a former Marine colonel, stressed the importance of community and teamwork.“Don’t be shy about using all our resources and‘talking purple’,” said Cole, referring to the joint serviceenvironment within the Stuttgart military community.Town hall organizers were quite satisfied withthe results.“Having this many spouses in one place with thecommanders was a huge step forward for our MarineCorps family,” said Kathy Nelson, the MFE/MFAfamily readiness officer and event organizer, who isalso responsible for every Marine family within U.S.European and Africa Commands, and Special Opera-tions Commands Africa and Europe.“With more than 300 Marine families spreadthroughout the greater Stuttgart area, as well as Eu-rope and Africa, opportunities to meet like this can be hard to come by,” Nelson said.“It was wonderful to see all the spouses together. Itwas a great turn out from all the Marine commands,”said Joan Chiarotti, wife of the MFE/MFA deputy com-manding general. “A lot of great information was sharedand best of all, many new friendships were made.”Hejlik closed the forum by covering the word“Marine” on his name tape with his hand as he asked“What does this leave you with?“It leaves you with U.S. or ‘us.’ Same thing for the Army, Air Force and Navy uniforms. After all issaid and done, like a family, it is all about, ‘one team,one fight’!”

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