Ansbach announcements: March 14, 2013
March 15, 2013
Inclement Weather Info
For up-to-date information on weather conditions, visit our new "What You Should Know when Inclement Weather Comes to USAG Ansbach" at www.ansbach.army.mil/webpages/InclementWeather.asp. You can find the link to the website under the Weather Information menu item on the left side of the homepage and, when the popup menu pops up, select "What you should know."
Savings fund application warning
The Apple App Store is offering a free iPhone application called TSP Funds that is not sanctioned by the Thrift Savings Plan. The app asks TSP participants for their account login information. TSP recommends that participants not use the TSP Funds app to access their TSP accounts because using the app could result in a security risk to their accounts.
The 2013 Army Emergency Relief campaign takes place from now through May 15. To learn more, visit www.aerhq.org.
Katterbach Tax Center, located on the third floor of the ACS building, is open now. The Tax Center at Storck is open now with regular hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-in customers will be accepted; however, it is recommended to make an appointment to avoid unnecessary waiting time. Call Katterbach Tax Center at DSN 467-2324 or 09802-832324 and Storck Tax Center at DSN 467-4511 or 09841-834511.
Welcome back, from ASAP
The Army Substance Abuse Program team wishes all those recently redeployed Soldiers a hearty welcome back. Thank you for your service. In the flurry of redeployment duties, block leave scheduling and health clinic appointments, remember that ASAP is here to serve you. ASAP offers a host of resources for Soldiers, Family members and civilians including counseling services, employee assistance and intervention, and treatment options on a wide range of problems such as substance abuse, domestic abuse, problems on the job, and suicide prevention and awareness. ASAP also provides training upon request. You can contact your nearest ASAP office for more information or call 09802-83-1710, DSN 467-1710, or visit the ASAP office located at Katterbach, Bldg. 5817, Wing B. The Storck ASAP office is located in Bldg. 6110 on the fourth floor and can be reached at 09841-83-4556, DSN 467-4556. The Katterbach ASAP office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and closed for lunch. The Storck ASAP office is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m., and is also closed for lunch.
Upcoming EFMP events
The Exceptional Family Member Program hosts a self-esteem workshop in two parts at the Katterbach Army Community Service classroom March 16 and March 23 from 10 to 11 a.m. The EFMP will also host the first part of an anger awareness workshop March 21 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Katterbach ACS classroom. EFMP Community Support Group meets March 27 from noon to 1 p.m. at Storck Community Activity Center's Yellow Ribbon Room. To learn more about EFMP events, call the ACS EFMP office at 467-3632 for Katterbach Kaserne or 467-4555 for Storck Barracks or visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ansbach-Army-Community-Service/206120792843696?ref=ts4d24a45cc2d8f185fdec4739856ccf92e513ee5b5b35f5d9b0c4a77a5ccfc226279cbce8f34217752b5d17c09b60fe648f319c386c8b33ef07a6541824b43c27fref=ts.
AFTB: Level II
Army Family Team Building holds its Level II class from March 19 to 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Level II covers military acronyms, customs and courtesies, financial readiness and more. To learn more, call the Katterbach Army Community Service at 467-2883 or 09802-83-2883 or Storck ACS at 467-4555 or 09841-83-4555.
Mission Complete Race
Fifth Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, and USAG Ansbach Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation hold the "Mission Complete Race," a five-kilometer obstacle course, May 3 at Franken Kaserne off B13 with GPS address of "Muna Siedlung, 91613 Marktbergel." Registrants pay $25 now through March 15, $30 March 16 through April 19 and $35 April 20 through May 3. Family teams pay $50; non-family teams pay $100. Register at Katterbach and Storck Fitness Centers as well as the race location the day of the race. To learn more, call 09802-83-2771, 09841-83-4582, 467-2771 or 467-4582.
Colmberg Castle dinner
Have an entertaining evening with Ansbach Spouses' and Civilians' Club at the Colmberg Castle March 23 at 6 p.m. The bar opens at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a seven-course meal accompanied by a fire show, sword fight, ax-throwing demonstration and more. The event lasts 4.5 hours long, costs 80 euros for ASCC members and 85 euros for non-members. The price includes one non-alcoholic drink and souvenir. Attendees can purchase an engraved plate for 20 euros. Attendees should sign up at the ASCC Thrift Store as soon as possible. Full amount, which is non-refundable, must be paid in cash at time of RSVP. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OHA and MIHA
If you're a Soldier who lives in privately leased or rented residential housing in Germany, the ongoing Overseas Housing Allowance Utility and Move-in expense survey is your chance to have a say in setting your housing allowance rates. Please take the time to complete this important survey. It helps determine the amount of money you receive for utilities and recurring maintenance. This year's survey also collects data for the move in housing allowance (MIHA). To take the survey through March 31, visit www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/marutilmiha.cfm.
Attend a USAG Ansbach library orientation and find out about the resources and programs available, meet the staff, take a tour of the library, get one-on-one help and enjoy refreshments. Storck Library holds their orientation March 28 at 4 p.m. To learn more, call 09841-83-4675 or DSN 467-4675.
Storck focus groups
Storck Recreation Center at the Storck Community Activity Center will hold focus groups April 5 and May 3 from noon to 1 p.m. to get ideas from its clients and give them the experiences they want. To learn more, visit the center on the third floor of Bldg. 6510 Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or call 09841-83-4714 or 467-4714.
Travel Share Club
Storck Recreation Center at Storck Community Activity Center holds its Travel Share Club May 14 and 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. This is for people who don't know where to go over summer vacation or have questions or suggestions about travel destinations. To learn more, visit the center on the third floor of Bldg. 6510 Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or call 09841-83-4714 or 467-4714.
Intramural Volleyball begins for U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach March 26 at 7 p.m. with games Tuesdays at Storck Physical Fitness Facility and Thursdays at Katterbach PFF. The officials' clinic is March 20 and 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Von Steuben Community Center. A coach's meeting takes place March 22 at 6 p.m. at the Katterbach PFF. To learn more, call Katterbach PFF at 09802-83-2771 or 467-2771 or Storck PFF at 09841-83-4582 or 467-4582.
Get a bowling membership club card for $25. The card gets patrons $1.50 games at Katterbach and Storck bowling centers, free shoe rental, free T-shirt and free bowling towel. To learn more, call Katterbach Bowling Center at 09802-83-2638 or 467-2638 or Storck Bowling Center at 09841-83-4530 or 467-4530.
Aerobic Fitness Classes:
The Katterbach Physical Fitness Center has added evening classes for after-work customers, including Power Yoga every Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m., circuit training every Thursday from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., and indoor cycling/spin classes Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and Fridays at 6 p.m.
YOUTH AND TEENS
The Exceptional Family Member Program offers free bowling at Katterbach and Storck bowling centers March 25, April 22 and May 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. Sign up in advance with you Army Community Service. To learn more or sign up, call Katterbach ACS at 09802-83-2883 or 467-2883 or Storck ACS at 09841-83-4555 or 467-4555.
Parents' day out
Need a small break? Child, Youth and School Services hosts a parents' day out every so often. Let CYSS staff take your children off your hands for a while. The next parents' days out happen at Storck Child Development Center/School Age Center May 18 and Sept. 28 and at Katterbach ACS/SAC June 22, Oct. 12 and Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations must be made no later than one week in advance and cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance. Dates and times are subject to change. To learn more or to register, call Katterbach CDC/SAC at 09802-83-2533 or 467-2533 or Storck ACS/CDC at 09841-83-4880 or 467-4880.
FRG Child Care Night
Child care is available for mission-related Family readiness group meetings on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To learn more, call Parent Central Services at 09841-83-4880 or 09802-83-2533.
Ansbach Girl Scouts
What is green, almost 100 years old and hip and cool as ever? Girl Scouts! Be a part of the adventure and fun that is Girl Scouts. Any girls kindergarten through 12th grade are welcome. To join or learn more, email email@example.com or call 0151-445-12471.
Resurfacing of B-14
Resurfacing is ongoing for state road B-14 along Urlas and Shipton Kaserne. The speed limit is reduced to 50 kilometers per hour. Access and exit to and from Obereichenbach will remain the same. During phase one, two lanes going toward Katterbach will be resurfaced. Entering from Katterbach and exiting toward Ansbach will remain possible. There will be a detour exiting toward Katterbach and entering from Ansbach, offering two possibilities to turn around: One at Hotel Windmühle and one at Obereichenbach. During phase two, two lanes going toward Ansbach will be resurfaced. The current access near the traffic light will be blocked and drivers coming from Katterbach toward Ansbach will be detoured by Soldier Lake. The detour for exiting toward Katterbach and entering from Ansbach will remain in place.
Health Clinic Improvements
The Katterbach Health Clinic has a new front entrance just in time for the 2013 flu vaccine campaign. Stop by the Katterbach Health Clinic for your flu shot and experience the renovations, which are designed to improve the patient experience.
Brown Bag Lunch
Bring a lunch and explore a new town with Army Community Service. The meeting place is ACS on the first Wednesday of every month at Katterbach and the fourth Wednesday of every month at Storck Barracks. Meet at 10:30 a.m. Cost is 10 to 15 Euros. To learn more, call 09841-83-4555.
Safety Training and Information
The U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Safety Office recommends this website containing many safety topics, in both English and German, which can be used for information and training in your organization throughout the year. As time goes by, more will be added, but there is a vast volume of workplace and off-duty subjects, including videos and slide shows.
Did you know you can use the Von Steuben Community Activity Center at Bismarck Kaserne for your official Family readiness group meeting, unit meeting or official use training conference area? The space is available for no cost for official usage Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call for reservations today at 09802-83-2930, or stop by the concierge in the Von Steuben Community Activity Center.
Ask for a driver with a U.S. installation pass and provide the following information: pickup point, number of passengers, destination, name and number, and time of pickup. If traveling to the airport, notify the driver of number of passengers and bags. For a taxi in the Ansbach area, call 0981-5005 or 0981-19410; in Illesheim, call 09841-7200.
Ansbach Arts and Crafts team has you covered. Place orders now and save and avoid rush fees. Arts and Crafts is located at Barton Barracks and open Monday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more, call 0981-1837627.
Become a Family Child Care Provider. Family Child Care offers small, multi-age group care in a nurturing home environment. Providers can earn extra income, start a career and provide a valuable service to their communities. To sign up for the next FCC program orientation, call Parent Central Services at 09802-83-2533 or the FCC office at 09802-83-2536.
Domestic violence hotline
The Family Advocacy Program at Katterbach Kaserne and Storck Barracks has a 24-hour hotline for those adult victims of domestic violence. Those who live in a violent household should call 0160-661-5638. To learn more about the Family Advocacy Program, call Katterbach at 09802-83-3660 or 467-3660 or Storck at 09841-83-4754 or 467-4754.
The Bavarian and Franconian military communities have a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention hotline at 09641-83-4567 or 475-4567 available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for on or off post.
Java Café hours
Java Café at Storck Barracks Bowling Center, Bldg. 6508, has new hours. They will be open Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The café will be closed Saturdays.
USAG Ansbach holds story time, which includes stories, crafts and games, for pre-school and elementary-school children Tuesdays at 3 p.m. at the Bleidorn Community Library and Wednesdays at 3 p.m. at the Storck Community Library. To learn more, call Bleidorn Community Library at 468-1740 or 09811-83-1740 or Storck Community Library at 467-4675 or 09841-83-4675.
The Ansbach Spouses' and Civilians' Club is a way to meet people, develop new interests and get involved with the community. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a good way to relax after work, visit Storck Recreation Center at Storck Community Activity Center for pool night Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. To learn more, visit the center on the third floor of Bldg. 6510 Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or call 09841-83-4714 or 467-4714.
Paint your own pottery
Create a pottery masterpiece you can take home with you the same day Wednesdays from 1 to 6 p.m. with the "Paint Your Own Pottery" workshop at Storck Recreation Center at Storck Community Activity Center. To learn more, visit the center on the third floor of Bldg. 6510 Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or call 09841-83-4714 or 467-4714.
Enjoy cards and games at Storck Recreation Center at Storck Community Activity Center Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Games include Sorry!, LIFE, Scrabble, Uno and more. To learn more, visit the center on the third floor of Bldg. 6510 Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or call 09841-83-4714 or 467-4714.
Stitch and Hook
Bring your lunch and socialize while crocheting, knitting and sewing Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Storck Recreation Center at Storck Community Activity Center. To learn more, visit the center on the third floor of Bldg. 6510 Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or call 09841-83-4714 or 467-4714.
Katterbach Clinic online
Katterbach Clinic is now online. Now you can email a doctor or nurse, request an appointment, request medication refills and obtain lab results. To get started, just give your email address to a member of the clinic's staff.
Being a designated driver has its benefits. At Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation events, let the FMWR staff know you are a designated driver, receive a wristband and enjoy coffee or sodas on the house.
Destination Ansbach holds a variety of classes throughout the month including "411 on the 911" the first Tuesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Katterbach Army Community Service classroom, "My Army Life" the first Wednesday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Katterbach ACS classroom, "Euro Understood" the fourth Tuesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Katterbach ACS classroom, "Where and How We Live" the fourth Tuesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Katterbach ACS classroom, "Ausfahrt is NOT a Town" the second Tuesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Katterbach Welcome Center, "Jobs: What You Need to Know" the fourth Monday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Katterbach Welcome Center, "U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Up Close" the third Thursday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Katterbach ACS. "Germany By Rail" happens the third Tuesday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., meets at the Sachsen Train Station and costs 20 euros for ticket and lunch. "Ansbach Up Close" is held the second Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., meets at either Storck or Katterbach ACS lobby and costs 20 euros for ticket and lunch. To learn more, call Katterbach ACS at 09802-83-2883 or 467-2883 or Storck ACS at 09841-83-4555.
Smoothies are now available at the Java Café, at Storck Barracks Bowling Center, Bldg. 6508, Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ansbach guided tours
Tour Ansbach with a guide every Sunday at 11 a.m. for 3 euros per person. The group meets at the Schlossplatz near the horse sculpture "Anscavallo." English-language tours are by reservation only and must be booked with the Ansbach Tourism Office two weeks in advance. The group rate is 80 euros per group with a maximum of 35 people. To learn more, call the Ansbach Tourism Office at 0981-51243.
Bring your eReader to Bleidorn or Storck community libraries and learn how to access thousands of eBooks any time day or night. Librarians will be on hand to show you tips and tricks. To make an appointment or learn more, call Bleidorn Community Library at 09811-83-1740 or 468-1740 or Storck Community Library at 09841-82-4675 or 467-4675.
Stress, anger management
Army Community Service at USAG Ansbach holds a stress and anger management class. Katterbach ACS holds the class the first Wednesday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. Storck ACS holds the class the fourth Tuesday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. To sign up or learn more, call ACS Family Advocacy Program at 09802-83-2516 or 467-2516.
The Barton Barracks "Eagle's Nest," located next to Duggan Gym, offers a full working kitchen with an area to seat more than 30 people. The Eagle's Nest is open to all community members. To learn more or to make a reservation, call the Installation Operations Center at 09811-83-7484 or email email@example.com.
Recycle plastic within U.S. Army Ansbach. Red and yellow containers are for plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic containers, Saran wrap, wax paper, small pieces of Styrofoam, tooth paste tubes, shampoo bottles, small plastic toys, beverage cup lids, beverage cartons, sandwich containers, candy wrappers, chip bags, ice cream cartons, juice cartons, milk cartons and coffee cans. Bulky plastic items have to be taken to the Recycling Center at Katterbach, Bldg. 9024, from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Friday or to Recycling Center Illesheim, next to Bldg. 6689, from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday or from 8 to 10 a.m. and 2:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday. To learn more, call 09802-83-3403 or 467-3403.
Brown bio containers are for food waste and organic material. What can go into the biological waste container includes bones, coffee grounds, tea, tea bags, egg shells, food scraps, fruit, fruit peels, meat, fish, vegetables as well as yard waste like branches, leaves, bush cuttings, flowers, grass and lawn clippings, plants and weeds. Put a few pages of newspaper on the bottom of the container to absorb moisture and to keep the container clean. Collect kitchen waste in paper bags or newspaper to soak up moisture, place the bio bin in a shady place, keep the bin closed to avoid odors, wash out the bin periodically. Do not throw plastic in the brown containers.
Orange, beige containers
Orange and beige containers are for used clothes and shoes. Used clothes, bedding, pillows and shoes may go in these bins. All textiles and shoes should be clean and in good condition. Do not dispose of military uniforms in these containers. Uniforms must be turned in to the Central Issuing Facility.
New Parent Support Program builds helps new parents cope with stress and find services in their community and provides a safe and nurturing environment for children. To learn more, call the program at Katterbach Kaserne at 09802-83-2516 or 467-2516 or at Storck Barracks at 09841-83-4555 or 467-4555.
Between Ansbach and Illesheim, there is a safety hazard on B-13. North of Oberdachstetten there is a steep decline that goes under a railroad overpass. One lane of traffic goes down the hill and two lanes go up. Do not pass.
Storck Chapel schedule
Storck Chapel holds Protestant worship at 9:45 a.m. and Catholic mass at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Protestant Women of the Chapel meet Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. Catholic Women of the Chapel meet Wednesday at 10 a.m. To learn more, call 09802-82-2785 or 467-2785.
Katterbach Chapel schedule
Katterbach Chapel holds Catholic mass at 9 a.m. and Protestant worship at 11 a.m. Sundays. Catholic Women of the Chapel meet Mondays at 10 a.m. Protestant Women of the Chapel meet Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. Protestant Men of the Chapel meet Thursdays at noon. To learn more, call 09802-82-2785 or 467-2785.
Army Substance Abuse Program provides group, family and individual counseling, command consultation, drug testing, outpatient counseling, arrangement for inpatient care and coordination with self-help groups such as Alcohol Anonymous, Alanon and Alateen. ASAP is open at Bldg. 5817 at Katterbach Kaserne and at Bldg. 6510 at Storck Barracks from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 P.M. Mondays through Fridays. To learn more, call ASAP at Katterbach Kaserne at 09802-83-1710 or 467-1710 or call ASAP at Storck Barracks at 09841-83-4566 or 467-4566.
Ansbach Veterinary Clinic
Ansbach Veterinary Clinic at Franken Kaserne, Munasiedlung 100, Marktbergel, is open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. To learn more, call 09802-83-3179.
Check out movie night at Storck Library, Bldg. 6503, every Friday at 3 p.m. To learn more, call 09841-83-4675 or 467-4675.
Fun Stuff Off Post
Looking for something to do in the area? Visit "Fun Stuff Off Post" on the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach web page, www.ansbach.army.mil.
Terrace Playhouse tickets
All tickets for the Terrace Playhouse are handled by the concierge at the Von Steuben Community Center. Pick up tickets in person or call 467-2930 or 09802-83-2930.