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COMMANDANT WEEKLY UPCOMING EVENTS

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

__________________________________AFRICOM NEWS___________________________________ 1.) 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 2.) ELECTION YEAR 2012. Individuals can go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program website to register, request an absentee ballot, and find other election and voting information. REGISTER AND REQUEST YOUR BALLOT at: http://www.fvap.gov/index.html <http://www.fvap.gov/index.html> . For additional assistance, the AFRICOM Voting Officer is Mr. Phillip Whigham, phillip.whigham@usafricom.mil <mailto:phillip.whigham@usafricom.mil> , DSN: 4213384. 3.) 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). 4.) PCS/PRE- SEPARATION BRIEFINGS for March will be conducted on 28 March 2012. Two classes will be presented this month in anticipation of larger attendance with the summer PCS season approaching. It is important to stress to your members they most call the CPF to sign-up for one of the classes at DSN 431-2599 or commercial 07031-152599. *Information provided during the first 1 3/4 hours is applicable to all services and includes those who are separating from service. *It is mandatory that separating/retiring Soldiers remain for the transition portion of the briefing which is given during the last 45 minutes.

5.) 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: 09 Mar 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, 09 Mar. at the Kelley Clinic Annex. Future dates (tentative): Mar 23. Harrison, Kelley Clinic Annex NCOIC (421-5605) POC: SGT Christine

6.) MARCH PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE (PMI) Meeting *UPDATE* - The English Speaking PMI group in Stuttgart to meet *WEDNESDAY* *14* March 2012, at *Stuttgart Marriott Hotel Sindelfingen* (Mahdentalstrasse 68, 71065 Sindelfingen - location changed to accommodate the response). You don't have to be a member to attend and attendance is free. The topic continues our life-cycle progression with "Designing for Effective Solutions", and Mr. Frank French (President of the Frankfurt PMI Chapter) will be our guest speaker. An informal reception is planned for 1800, opening remarks and the key note presentation begin at 1830, and there will be an opportunity for round-table discussion afterwards. Please RSVP through the end of this week. POC is Joe Stanko, joseph.stanko@africom.mil <mailto:joseph.stanko@africom.mil> , or DSN *421-2191*/Cell Ph: 0151-5821-9330. 7.) 2012 CITADEL MUSTER - The Citadel Muster will be held Tuesday, 20 March 2012 from 1830 to 2100 hrs in the Sherman room of the Swabian Special Events Center on Patch barracks in Stuttgart, Germany. Social hour is from 1830-1930 hrs. The muster is open to all Citadel alumni, their spouses, and friends of the Citadel throughout Europe. The evening will include a social hour and muster. Citadel Clubs around the world hold an annual muster to remember and honor those members of the Corps who have fallen since the last muster. Dress is business casual. Those interested in attending please RSVP to Brinson Moorhead at CitadelGermany@live.com <mailto:Citadel-Germany@live.com> or brinson.moorhead@us.army.mil <mailto:brinson.moorhead@us.army.mil> . 8.) The USAFRICOM OFFICE OF SECURITY MANAGEMENT (J03-SM) is pleased to advertise two DSS courses being offered this year at Aviano Air Base, Italy. 1. The first course is Information Security Orientation, IF101.01, and is 28 - 29 March 2012. 2. The second course is DoD Personnel Security Management for Security

Professionals, PS212.01, and is 09 - 13 Apr 2012. If interested, please complete the course prerequisites and enroll through http://www.dss.mil/seta/enrol/stepp.html <http://www.dss.mil/seta/enrol/stepp.html> . The course does not cost anything; however, all costs (i.e.; travel, per diem, etc) associated with attendance is the students unit responsibility. Billeting reservations can be made by calling DSN 632-4040 or commercial in Europe 0039-0434-30-4040. Please see the DSS catalog for further details. 9.) EUROPEAN MOTORCYLE SEASON Is fast approaching; with that comes the need for refresher safety training. IMCOM develops the regulations for all Safety-related programs and IMCOM Europe manages the program for Germany. http://www.imcomeurope.army.mil/webs/sites/staff_org/safety/atstp/index.html will help you learn exactly what training is required to operate a motorcycle in Europe. You will also find course schedules, for all of Germany. If you would like to join the AFRICOM Motorcycle e-mail group please send an email to Matthew.Arant@USAFRICOM.MIL. ___________________________GARRISON/COMMUNITY NEWS_______________________________

10.) 4TH ANNUAL WOMENS LEADERSHIP FORUM Registration for the 4th Annual Women's Leadership Forum: Unleashing Your Potential and Impacting the World is now opened. The event will be held on Thursday, 29 March, from 0800-1600 pm at the Swabian Special Activities Center. This year registration for the Forum is on line. Go to http://stuttgart_wlf.eventbrite.com <http://stuttgart_wlf.eventbrite.com> or visit the USAG Stuttgart website and click on the link. Due to limited sitting registration is required by 23 March. POC: Yasmin Rosa, 421-4587, or Eshe Faulcon at 430-5312. The forum is open to everyone. If you require special accommodations, please contact the POCs prior to the event. 11.) This coming Sunday MARCH 11 NO GAS, from AAFES or off post, can be purchased from 0500 1100. You also cant reload your fuel card or get new ones issued in that time frame. Kelley Commissary has new operating hours. They will be open from Monday thru Friday with Early bird from 0930 to 1100 and then 1100 to 1800. They will be closed on weekends. YOUR VEHICLE MAY BE TOWED - If you are parked in the Patch Community Club or anywhere in front of the gym, your car will be blocked and stand the possibility of being towed, at your expense, starting at 0800, March 7. The towing will be $40.00 each and you will have to go to FMWR to get your car released. WHY: Every year the Bazaar comes to Stuttgart and they have to start by putting up tents. During this time the MPs may be a bit more relaxed on ticketing. 12.) On March 28, 2012 the Patch Barracks, Panzer Kaserne and Kelley Barracks.

COMMUNITY BANKS will be open from 1100 - 1600 hrs due to training. Also, all Community Banks in Germany will be closed on April 6 and 9, 2012. Due to the Easter Holidays, the Panzer Community Bank will be open regular Saturday hours on the 7th of April 2012. 13.) VOLKSMARCH this weekend in Baden Wurtemberg: 11.03.2012 - Fellbach-Schmiden - BW-Nord Sunday only - Stammtisch*; Trails: 6/10/20 km - Start: 0700 - 1300 hours; Address: Festhalle Schmiden, Hofckerstrae 6, 70736 Fellbach - GPScoordinates: 48.833884,9.269639; *Google-driving directions - Railway Station: Fellbach dann Buslinie 60 bis Haltestelle Rathaus. 14.) 15.) PATCH BARRACKS BAZAAR. Opens to the public Friday, March 16th at 10:00AM.

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY (FPU)

Where: Robinson Barracks Chapel Annex/Bldg. 116 When: Beginning on 18 Apr (12 weeks) every Wednesday from 1830-2030 Who: Contact FPUStuttgart@yahoo.com to register

Why: Obtain Financial Peace & It's FREE (sponsored by Stuttgart Chaplaincy)!! 16.) KELLEY CLUB offers: Mondays all you can eat - Pizza & Pasta & Burgers & Salad, Only 5 -21st of March - MEXICAN Lunch Buffet, all you can eat 1100 until 1400, $ 9.99, Includes Beverages, Salad bar, Taco Station, Main Courses, Dessert; Take out Box $ 7.00 (no drinks included) OR Taco Station, Create your own Taco, $ 6.00 3 Tacos + French fries + Mexican Rice + Beverages ___________________________________USO NEWS______________________________________ 17.) USO Weekly RB ZUMBA Dance Class has been POSTPONED until April. The instructor is currently out on maternity leave. -12 Mar, USO TOUR: Miss Universe, Miss America, Miss Teen USA Meet & Greet. Panzer eXchange, 1730. Come meet the lovely ladies, get autographs and have your photo taken with each of them! -14 Mar, HOMECOMING TRUNK SHOW! USO Center, 1730-1930. Good food, fun raffles and new friends! This fun company was created by Navy wives to help other women have an easy way to browse and purchase unique and affordable handbags, clothing and accessories that also benefits other organizations like the USO. A portion of the profits made from this event go to support the USO Stuttgart Fun Run! Courtesy RSVP to snorby@uso.org <mailto:snorby@uso.org> so we can get enough food for everyone! Children are welcome - kids' activities and prizes! -21 Apr postponed until 8 Sept. (tentatively) USO FUN RUN REGISTRATION POSTPONED. The USO has a location, but needs a sponsoring unit! Keep checking thier

newsletter and website. <http://uso.us2.listmanage.com/track/click?u=47fa734b47a48bfe86ff2da87&id=7 **If anyone knows where we might be able to borrow a Race Clock, please let snorby@uso.org <mailto:snorby@uso.org> <mailto:snorby@uso.org <mailto:snorby@uso.org> > know! 18.) Visit http://www.shopmyexchange.com/Community/ <http://www.shopmyexchange.com/Community/> for links to myriad community outreach activities and offers from your eXchange. 19.) 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 <mailto: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! 20.) 24/7 ONLINE TUTORING. www.tutor.com/military <http://www.tutor.com/military> <http://www.tutor.com/military <http://www.tutor.com/military> > is a 24/7 one-to-one homework help and online tutoring site for K-12 students, as well as college students. This service is totally free for military families, and also for DOD civilians living overseas. Get help from a professional tutor anytime you need it. FREE for Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve members in the Army, Marines, Navy or Air Force and their dependents. Tutors are online 24/7 and available to help in more than 16 subjects. _______________________PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS/MISCELLANEOUS_____________________ 21.) SALL is An on-post private organization that works with the CYS staff on a regular basis as a parent advisory board during the CYS BASEBALL/ SOFTBALL seasons. When the CYS season is over they start the LITTLE LEAGUE (LL) season, touring the all-star team all over Europe for baseball/softball tournaments. As well as sending teams to the LL World Series qualifiers in Europe. Without your (community) support SALL have to deactivate and there will be no more Little League in Stuttgart. If you are interested in supporting SALL as a volunteer (limited time commitment required) please contact the POC at 0151-524-66741 or L1089L1089@hotmail.com <mailto:L1089L1089@hotmail.com> . 22.) NAVFIT98A AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD! The latest version of NAVFIT98A is now available for download on Joint Enterprise Network (JEN) computers. NAVFIT98A is the Navy's official tool to draft Navy Fitness Reports and Evaluations. To download: Start -> Control Panel -> Run Advertised Programs Select NAVFIT98A v.30 Click Download to load the program onto your computer. If you have any issues with the download, please contact the Help Desk at 421-HELP. 23.) HANDICAP STICKERS FOR VISITORS: If your family members were coming over to Europe to visit and they have a handicap sticker in the States does it carry over?

Answer According to the Commander of the US Army Regional Medical Command, Brigadier General Carla Hawley-Bowland, - Persons from the United States visiting US members for up to 90 days with a CONUS issued handicap parking placard will be provided with a 90 day temporary handicap parking placard by the Provost Marshal Motor Vehicle Registration. The individual must present proof of handicap parking eligibility by presenting the US issued handicap placard or a signed note from a primary care physician. These American handicap placards are not authorized for use off post. If it is necessary to have one for off post you have to visit a German doctor and get papers from them verifying the need and then go to the County Vehicle Registration Office to get the specific forms. It is a very difficult process and can take a long time to get it approved. 24.) HAZLEWOOD TUITION EXEMPTION FOR TEXAS VETERANS, SPOUSES AND DEPENDENTS. http://www.collegefortexans.com/apps/financialaid/tofa2.cfm?ID=500 The purpose of the Hazlewood Exemption (Hazlewood Act) is to provide an education benefit to honorably discharged or separated Texas veterans and to eligible dependent children and spouses of Texas veterans. Eligible veterans, their children and spouses may receive an exemption from the payment of all tuition, dues, fees, and other required charges, including fees for correspondence courses, an ANY TEXAS INSTITUE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, but excluding deposit fees, student service fees, and any fees or charges for books, lodging, board, or clothing for up to 150 semester credit hours.

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