Get the latest news at Community Information Brief - online and on social media
September 11, 2012
WIESBADEN, Germany - The garrison's monthly Community Information Briefings may have once been one of the community's best-kept secrets, but thanks to social media that is no longer the case.
Held regularly in the Community Activity Center on Clay Kaserne, the CIBs have always been packed full of the latest news and information about upcoming events, programs and changes impacting all those who live and work in the greater Wiesbaden military community, but only those who were able to attend participated in the open forum.
Now, thanks to social media and a live feed during the CIB, community members can take in all of the action in real time or at a later time. People can also ask questions and make comments online on Facebook to be addressed during the CIB.
With the next CIB scheduled for Sept. 25 at 9:30 a.m., community members should mark their calendars to either attend in person or to follow it online on Facebook. To view the slides from last month's CIB, visit the garrison's home page at www.wiesbaden.army.mil/sites/news/CIB/CIB.pdf. Once the slides for the Sept. 25 CIB are ready, they will also be posted at the same link.
Highlights of the most recent CIB included recognition of outstanding volunteers and organizations. V Corps kicked off the proceedings by presenting the Wiesbaden Red Cross and Rhein Main Area USOs with the V Corps Heart of Victory Awards for their support of Soldiers and families. Volunteers recognized included Jennifer Helton, Jeffrey Stone, Edwina Brown, Alicia Bixby, Nina Burkett, Sophia Sarver, Pamela Schackelford, Wendy Sledd, Danielle Dulli, Ilsa Britt Garbriel and Sgt. Justin R. Cooley.
A visit by the Jeopardy television show cast, slated for Oct. 12, was announced by Dr. Robert Schloesser, the director of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Schloesser also encouraged community members to participate in the Operation Rising Star talent competition in September and various programs ranging from Family Advocacy Program classes to Survivor Outreach Services.
The FMWR director also promoted Child, Youth and School Services special opening Sept. 22 (register at least four days in advance), fall sports programs and the Show Me the College Money program. People should call Parent Central Services at civ (0611) 705-7928 for more information about these and other CYSS programs.
In addition to discussing several ongoing projects on Clay Kaserne's north side, Roger Gerber, the garrison's Transformation and Stationing Management Office director, reminded listeners that they can find out about the latest transformation news by listening to AFN Wiesbaden, FM 98.7, or by visiting the garrison's transformation updates page at www.wiesbaden.army.mil/sites/directorates/transformation.asp.
Earl Small, postal services officer, announced new hours to take effect Oct. 1, as a result of a community survey. Starting Oct. 1, customer service hours at the Postal Service Center will be Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with package pickup available until 6 p.m. Six-day-a-week services will be provided during the peak holiday season, Small said.
Lt. Col. Michael Hughes, Wiesbaden Health Clinic commander, addressed a question about the ramifications of being a "no-show" family member for an appointment at the clinic. Hughes said that while there are currently no ramifications, he encouraged everyone to make an effort to either show up on time or to cancel the appointment in advance so as not to deprive another individual of valuable health care.
Staff Sgt. Sandra Sanchez of the Wiesbaden Veterinary Clinic warned the community at large that a major staff shortage at the clinic in the next 30-60 days will result in an up-to-four-month reduction in access to care.
Community members were also informed that they can look forward to a case lot sale at the Hainerberg Main Exchange on Sept. 15.
The Wiesbaden American Red Cross announced that a volunteer orientation will be held Sept. 20 at 10 a.m., a CPR/first aid class is slated for Sept. 29 at 8:30 a.m. and a blood drive will be held Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tony Bass Fitness Center on Clay Kaserne.
To view the Sept. 25 CIB at 9:30 a.m. at the Community Activity Center click on the link on the garrison's home page at www.wiesbaden.army.mil or visit the garrison's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usagwiesbaden (search for Garrison Wiesbaden when logged into Facebook).