QUOTE: "The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply

uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers." ~M. Scott Peck quotes ________________________________________________________ WEEKLY EMAIL ROEs: The Commandants office sends a weekly email which highlights upcoming events and general news. If you require All AFRICOM e-mail distro list dissemination of general information, submit your input to Commandants Office e-mail at commandant@africom.mil no later than COB each Tuesday. Attachments are prohibited as are lengthy emails. Please summarize the message into one paragraph and provide a POC and/or a link to additional information. Go to this link for the current briefing slides of the most recent USAG-S tenant meeting to get more community announcements and mission related news. http://www.stuttgart.army.mil/DPTMS/Community%20briefings.html ____________________________________________ 1.) AFRICOM's FAMILY READINESS GROUP is sponsoring a Valentine Dinner and Dance Saturday, 11 February from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Kelley Club. The $20 or 15 Euro per-person ticket will get you a four-course meal and a night of fun and dancing with that special someone and friends. There will also be a couple's basket silent auction. For more information on ticket sales contact the AFRICOM FRG Leader Harmony Hutman at africom_frg@yahoo.com. Open to All AFRICOM Civilians, Service & Family Members, Contractors, SOCAF and JTAGS. Ticket sales are at the Kelley Club, there are still a few tickets left! ____________________________________________ 2.) The RESERVE AFFAIRS OFFICE (J12) is the central point for all Reserve/Guard personnel and administrative actions at USAFRICOM (located in Bldg 3313, Room 018/ with a Program Manager for each branch of Service): Air Force 421-3487; Army/NG 421-4398; Marine 421-4543; Navy 421-4484). ___________________________________________ 3.) VEHICLE REGISTRATION office will be closed 15, 16 & 17 FEB 2012 to complete renovation that will result in better service to the community. They're adding: four new work station with new computers and fiber optic cabling, FACTS automated number system that gives estimated wait times, service menu board with handouts depicting required items and a few more things to make visits a little more pleasurable. The information will be published in the Citizen, on Face book, posted in the office, and covered at next week's Tenant Meeting. HOUSING OFFICE CLOSURE/CUSTOMER SERVICE DELAYS:

*The Stuttgart Housing Office will close at 1:00 p.m. on Feb. 9 to attend the mandatory Workforce Town Hall Meeting *Also, new business software will be fielded in the housing office 13-24 Feb impacting all housing operations. Customers can expect reduced services, partial office closures and increased wait times caused by the database transitions and employee training session. For more information, contact the housing office 431-2230 or 07301-15-2230 _________________________________________________ 4.) February 13, 1000-1100, Kelley Theater--SOMOLIA BRIEFING--Public Perception of Governance and Security presented by Department of State Office of Opinion Research analyst, Dr. Kenly Fenio. All USAFRICOM staff and spouses are encouraged to attend. The briefing will be presented at the UNCLASSIFIED level. POC Laura lee Shapiro, J9 Strategic Communications, 421-2601. __________________________________________________ 5.) AFRICOM SPONSOR TRAINING will be conducted on Wednesday, 15-Feb-12 from 09:00 to 09:30 in building 3306, Conference Room #119. Space is limited, if you would like to participate please email Sponsorship@africom.mil with your request and we will reserve a seat for you. _____________________________________________________ 6.) The Joint Central Processing Facility (CPF) holds the Community Permanent Change of Station (PCS) and Pre-Separation brief once a month on Panzer Kaserne, Building 2913, 1st floor. Service members (all branches of service) and civilians who are within 120-150 calendar days of departing should attend. Contact the CPF to reserve a seat, DSN 431-2599. Next Briefing is 15 February at 1300 _____________________________________________________ 7.) Travel SRP ("TRAVEL CLINIC") WHAT: Travel Soldier Readiness Process ("Travel Clinic") for all HQ USAFRICOM Personnel (AD, Civilian, Contractor) WHERE: Kelley Annex, Building #3312 (next to Community Mail Room) WHEN: 24 Feb 2012 from 1300 to 1500 WHY: Support official travelers to Africa by setting up a one-stop shop on Kelley for all pre-travel Force Health Protection requirements per ACM 4200.03 (including Yellow Fever certificates/shot records) HOW: Call Heidelberg Central Appointments at DSN 371-2622 (comm. 06221 172 622), and ask for a Travel Medicine appointment on Friday, 13 Jan at the Kelley Clinic Annex. Future dates (tentative): Mar 9, 23. POC: SGT Christine Harrison, Kelley Clinic Annex NCOIC (421-5605) ____________________________________________ 8.) The Stuttgart Field Office will conduct ANNUAL THREAT AWARENESS AND REPORTING PROGRAM briefings (TARP), formerly known as SAEDA, from 27 February - 01 March 2012 at the Kelley Theater. Briefings will be held in the mornings (0900 & 1100) and afternoons (1300 & 1500); with German

speaking sessions held at 1500 on 27 and 29 February 2012 respectively. Please see attached scheduled for additional details. AFRICOM personnel on leave or TDY during this period should arrange to attend one of the briefings held at either the Patch Theater (13-17 February 2012) or Panzer Chapel (21, 22, & 24 February 2012). In accordance with DoD Instruction 5240.6 and National Security Decision Directive 197, all military, civilian, and contract personnel, regardless of branch of service, are required to receive a TARP briefing at least once a year. Additionally, spouses and teenage children are strongly encouraged to attend. _______________________________________ 9.) The Stuttgart WARRIOR PRIDE CHALLENGE has great upcoming alcohol-free events at no cost/subsidized for E1-E7 and O1-O2. Space is limited. - March 3, FREE transportation and snowboard lesson to Zurs, Austria. For more information, please contact Marianne Campano, 431-2530/3233 OR marianne.l.campano.civ@mail.mil. http://www.facebook.com/USAGStuttgartWPC _________________________________________ 10.) VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION CEREMONY - In honor of NATIONAL VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION WEEK (Apr 15-21), and the outstanding service of our USAG-Stuttgart volunteers, the garrison will host a Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on Apr. 5 at the Patch Community Center starting at 1:30 p.m. All agencies with volunteers are asked to submit their volunteer hours through the Volunteer Management Information System, or VMIS. Special category nominations for Volunteer of the Year, Family of the Year, Youth Volunteer, Retiree Volunteer and Civilian Volunteer of the Year need to be submitted to Army Community Service no later than Feb. For additional information, contact ACS at DSN 431-3362/CIV 07031-15-3362. VOLUNTEERS - SUBMIT your Community Volunteer HOURS-Deadline Feb 21 The USAG-Stuttgart garrison is asking all agencies with volunteers, to submit their volunteer hours through the Volunteer Management Information System,... or VMIS , no later than Feb. 21 so those hours can be recognized. If you have volunteered between March 2011 and Feb 2012, be sure to submit your hours. If you are in need of having your hours documented contact QOL, 421-4783 for any Africom QOL or Education volunteer hours. Africom FRG volunteer hours can contact the FRSA at 421-5264. All Organizations have a designated Volunteer hour coordinator. (EX: Boy Scouts, USO, etc.) Special category nominations for Volunteer of the Year, Family of the Year, Youth Volunteer, Retiree Volunteer and Civilian Volunteer of the Year need to be submitted to Army Community Service no later than Feb. 24. ____________________________________________ 11.) Feb 12, 2012 FAFSA FINANCIAL WORKSHOP & Scholarship coaching session for Germany. Feb. 12, 2012 - Sunday at 15:00-17:00 at Patch High School -

Forum-Bldg 2388, Stuttgart. 3-4 pm FAFSA Financial Aid Workshop - UMUC HQ 4:00-5:00 Scholarship Coaches-Seniors / Portfolio Grades 7-11 Presentations by "University of Maryland University College Europe Representative" Real World. What are you doing? Portfolio - Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Hosted by: Real World-Delta Sigma Theta Sorority RealWorld@dstger.org; <mailto:RealWorld@dstger.org> 0172-837-6653; www.planningforlifeafterhighschool.info ______________________________________________ 12.) TAX CENTER OPENED 1 FEB The Stuttgart Tax Center opened Feb. 1 to assist community members with e-filing their 2011 taxes. The Stuttgart Tax Center on Kelley Barracks has a staff of four fulltime clerks. Tax assistance is available on a walk-in basis Mondays through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Here's what you should bring: . Valid government issued ID . Social Security cards for all persons listed on your return . Bank routing and account numbers . Power of Attorney if needed . Prior year return if you are a new client . All W-2 and 1099 statements . Lohnsteuerbescheinigung for wages paid by German employer . Winnings reported on forms 1099 or W-2G . All documents related to your mortgage . Complete list of expenses related to any rental property . Statements regarding dependent care expenses. For more information, contact the tax center at 421-4588/civ. 0711-729-4588. _________________________________________________ 13.) Patch Elementary school is requesting readers from AFRICOM for our "Read Across America" Day celebration on March 2nd here at Patch Elementary School. We welcome readers of all ranks and civilians too. I have taken the liberty of copying the form sent to me today by USAG Stuttgart in order to give you the required information and added comments that would apply to our request to AFRICOM. Please let me know if you need additional information. We really appreciate everyone's help in this. MEETING REQUESTED BY: Jane Kiser for "Read Across America" committee UNIT/ORGANIZATION: Patch Elementary School CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER:DSN: 430-8161/430-5200 Civ.: 0711-6808161/5200 PURPOSE OF MEETING: Reading to Children for "Read Across America Day" (Dr. Suess' Birthday) DATE: 2nd March 2012 TIME: Any times they are available. Our school day begins @0800 and ends @ 1440. Lunches run from 11:30 until 1315. If a time during the lunches works out best, we can arrange for classes who aren't at lunch to hear them. HOW LONG (DURATION): A minimum of 30 minutes-long enough to read one book

and ask/answer questions. LOCATION: Patch Elementary School, Patch Barracks SPECIAL COMMENTS OR ACTION YOU WISH THE CDR, DGC, OR CSM TO MAKE OR DO: ? Maybe "Happy Birthday Dr. Suess" and mention the importance of reading. UNIFORM: Up to reader TRANSPORTATION: None ATTENDEES: Students and staff of Patch Elementary School, possibly other community members who are guest readers. SUGGESTED COMMAND INVOLVEMENT: We would welcome and appreciate anyone who would like to read to the children. We can provide books or they can bring their own. The book does not have to be a Dr. Suess book. Even though this is officially to celebrate Dr. Suess' birthday, it really is to promote reading and we as educators know Dr. Suess would agree. Last year, some of the readers from Africom brought stories from Africa to read. I also was able to do a Google search to find Africa related stories. ______________________________________________ 14.) Come to the Panzer Education Center March 19 from 6pm-8pm and learn about University of Phoenix. Meet the European Campus Director Bob Bothell and interact with several faculty and staff. Please RSVP to Emma Crews at emma.crews@phoenix.edu. ALSO- Now enrolling for FACE TO FACE MBA classes that begin in March and April. See Emma for details. Thank you! 15.) Kelley Club offers: Every Monday from 1100-1400 Pizza & Pasta Lunch Buffet for 5 Euros! Wednesday, 29 February Mexican Food Lunch Buffet $9.99 - all you can eat, including Beverages (take out $7.00) Burger station + Salad Bar is always available. ____________________________________________ 15.) SAVE THE DATE........... to attend the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart's 4th Annual Women's Leadership Forum on Thursday, 29 March 2012 (Patch Barracks, Swabian Special Events Center) which will coincide with Women's History Month. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. THIS IS NOT JUST FOR WOMEN - IT IS FOR EVERYONE. This year's theme is "Unleashing Your Potential and Impacting the World". The purpose of the event is to assist participants in the development of job objectives, career advancement plans, learn leadership skills and self reassurance. There will be four breakout sessions on topics that relate to leadership skills, professional and personal development, strategic career planning, networking and etc. Participants will have the opportunity to attend each of the four sessions. Additional highlights of the forum will include: -2 distinguished keynote speakers

-A Question & Answer Session with Senior Leaders in the community -A special session just for teens This event is open to all community members. Please look for an announcement in the coming weeks to register for the Women's Leadership Forum. The point of contact for the event is either Ms. Yasmin Rosa at yasmin.rosa@usafricom.mil or Ms. Eshe Faulcon at eshe.faulcon@us.army.mil. ____________________________________________ 16.) Dear Members and Friends of the German-American 1948 Club, attached please find our program for March: Our annual general membership meeting on March 3 including first class fun musical entertainment. Please make reservations no later than: Monday, February 27, 2012 with: Kurt Döhrbeck Tel. 0711- 34 52 190 e-mail, k.doehrbeck@gac1948.de Scott Beard Tel. 07181- 46 59 4 e-mail, s.beard@gac1948.de We are very much looking forward to seeing you at this meeting Mit freundlichen Gruessen / Kind regards, Christel Baumann Board Member _____________________________________________ 17.) SAVE THE DATE/MAKE A DATE: 23 Mar 12, 0930-1130, Kelley Club. Save the Date--Strengthen your understanding of the Command's mission and your spouse's role in it. (All spouses: Contractor, Civilian, and Military) Make a Date--with your spouse for lunch; take your spouse to your workplace. Register by 19 Mar 12 with Ms Rebecca Poblete DSN 421-3248 or Comm: 0711-729-3248 _____________________________________________ 18.) Visit http://www.shopmyexchange.com/Community/ for links to myriad community outreach activities and offers from your eXchange.

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