Sato leisure office to close July 1; options remain
Sato travel office on Ledward Barracks will no longer offer leisure travel services beginning July 1, but will continue offering official travel service to Soldiers and family members.

SCHWEINFURT, Germany --The garrison's only travel office here is set to close July 30 as a result of decreasing commissions.

The Sato travel office located in The Commons on Ledward Barracks will no longer offer leisure travel services, but will continue offering official travel service to Soldiers and family members.

The Sato leisure travel service has become a resource for military families for planning vacations, especially in Germany. Due to U.S Army Europe's reorganization, many Soldiers stationed overseas are now returning stateside.

A garrison must generate at least 2,500 annual transactions in leisure travel to maintain operations. Due to the decrease in population Schweinfurt Sato missed either annual leisure travel requirement by 166 transactions, according to David Mattingly, the assistant chief of staff to IMCOM-E Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

Travel leisure offices have also been discontinued in Kaiserslautern, Baumholder and Bamberg as a result of the cutoff, said Michael Duday, the Schweinfurt director of FMWR.

Official travel will still be available at Schweinfurt's Sato office. Travel leisure services will continue in Ansbach, so long as the garrison there maintains a minimum of 2,500 annual transactions.

Traveling in Europe is one of the greatest benefits of being stationed in Germany. Customers can still benefit from using Sato leisure travel by visiting the Sato website at www.cwtsatotravel.com.

Schweinfurt travelers have other options as well. Below is a list of local travel agents, useful online resources and other Sato agencies that are available for any travel adventure you want to make.

Local Schweinfurt Travel Agents
Hapag- Lloyd Reiseburo
Phone: 09721/186200
Address: Ruchertsrasse 24
Schweinfurt
English: Yes
Appointment Needed: No
A fully licensed travel agency; has the ability to book any vacation.

DER Deutsches Reiseburo
Phone: 09721/176666
Address: Rossmarkt 4
Schweinfurt
English: Yes
Appointment Needed: No
A fully licensed travel agency; has the ability to book any vacation.

Bavaria Reiseburo
Phone: 09721/1745
Address: Spitalstrasse 18
Schweinfurt
English: Yes
Appointment Needed: No
Has the ability to book any trip needs, specializes in planning combination travel arrangements.

Surrounding SATO offices
CWT SATO- Sembach
Phone: 06302/923717
This location is only available to make travel arrangements via phone.

CWT SATO- Grafenwoehr
Phone: 09641/92120
Grafenwohr Training Area
Building 244 Room122
Grafenwohr, Germany 92655

CWT SATO- Ansbach
Phone: 09802/95020
Katterbach Kaserne
Building 5817
Ansbach, Germany 91522

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Offers great discounts on flights for European travel.

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travelchannel.com
Offers multiple 10 top ten lists, ways to travel for less, and local tips from experienced travelers.

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