Archive for June, 2012

MRSA may be transmitted in workplace

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus is a potentially dangerous
type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics. It
typically causes skin infection, but can also affect the bloodstream,
lungs, heart, bones and joints.

MRSA is transmitted most frequently by direct skin-to-skin contact or
contact with shared items or surfaces that have come into contact with
someone else’s infection (for example, towels, used bandages or
equipment).

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Special Operations Command Africa welcomes new senior enlisted leader

Special Operations Command Africa welcomes new senior enlisted leader

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. David R. Gibbs assumed the role of the
Special Operations Command Africa senior enlisted leader during a change
of responsibility ceremony at Kelley Barracks June 21.

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Retroactive stop loss special pay deadline nears

Service members and veterans whose military service was involuntarily
extended under the “Stop Loss” program between the 9/11 terrorist
attacks and Sept. 30, 2009, are eligible for special retroactive pay,
and they have until Oct. 21 to apply for it.

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Summertime scams prove all that glitters is not gold

Summertime scams prove all that glitters is not gold

People can run into bad luck while they are on the road and become
legitimate candidates for charity. Unfortunately, others are simply up
to no good, warn officials at the U.S. Army Europe Office of the Provost
Marshal.

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Beyond the finish line: a cancer survivor’s story

Beyond the finish line: a cancer survivor’s story

With over 800,000 spectators looking on, 16,000 runners alongside him,
and 40 kilometers of European countryside to conquer, Gregory Cheek, a
Department of the Army civilian at U.S. European Command, had no one to
impress but himself, as he ran in the 27th annual Haspa Hamburg Marathon
this past April.

With each stride, Cheek “stepped on cancer,” a phrase he used to describe his fight against stage three throat cancer.

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Ask a JAG

Q: I am preparing to deploy. What legal documents should I have prepared before I go?

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Liberty Trail Ride offers U.S. cyclists glimpses of World War II history

Liberty Trail Ride offers U.S. cyclists glimpses of World War II history

Pedaling up Rue Havin, Ron Rasch told fellow Liberty Trail riders of World War II’s devastation on this Norman town.

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Act of kindness inspires ‘pay it forward’ attitude

I inserted a quarter to release a shopping cart at the Patch Commissary.  

With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, I wanted to get a head start on my shopping.

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All you need to know before signing a rental agreement

All you need to know before signing a rental agreement

When looking to rent on the economy, you don’t have to be an expert in landlord-tenant law to protect yourself.

Understanding German law and the terms of your lease are your best guarantees against future problems.

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A call to arms: It’s time to get back to basics

A call to arms: It’s time to get back to basics

After more than a decade of conflict, the U.S. Army Training and
Doctrine Command embarked on a year-long quest to assess the condition
of the Army profession, conducting surveys, focus groups and forums, and
analyzing past Army studies. 

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Black Stallion Inn to close for good July 31

Black Stallion Inn to close for good July 31

The Black Stallion has run long and fast for more than 40 years, but the
race is coming to an end. The Black Stallion Inn Dining Facility on
Patch Barracks is scheduled to close permanently on July 31. After June
30, only active duty service members will be served. 

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Passau: three rivers, one baroque city

Passau: three rivers, one baroque city

Passau, located in the Niederbayern area next to Austria’s border, is
known as the “City of Three Rivers.” Situated between the Danube, Inn
and Ilz rivers, Passau offers visitors a picturesque and historic
weekend getaway.

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Job losses affect employees’ rights to stay in Germany

Some Americans like to stay in Germany after their official connections
to the U.S. military have ended. Maybe they have lost their jobs with
the Army or Air Force, their sponsors have left the country, or they
become divorced from a spouse who was stationed in Germany.

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Stuttgart garrison mourns loss of public works employee

Stuttgart garrison mourns loss of public works employee

Klaas Dormeyer, a 34-year U.S. Army local national employee, died May 30
from an undisclosed illness. He was 56. Stuttgart community members
will gather June 14 at 2 p.m. in the Panzer Kaserne Chapel to reflect
and remember their friend and colleague. From 1978 to 1995, Dormeyer
belonged to an engineer construction unit in the German Civilian Labor
Group system in support of VII Corps. Dormeyer’s unit de-activated in
1995, at which time he was hired as a civilian employee for Area Support
Team,  Garmisch.

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Marines welcome McCook as new senior enlisted leader

Marines welcome McCook as new senior enlisted leader

U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa welcomed a new senior
enlisted leader with the relief of Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green, the
outgoing sergeant major, and the appointment of Sgt. Maj. James J.
McCook, the incoming sergeant major, May 29, on Panzer Kaserne. McCook
comes from serving as the regimental sergeant major at the Recruit
Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, in San Diego.

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