Stuttgart RAD coming to Swabian, Oct. 25

Mary “Tweedy” Knef tells attendees about the many aspects of FMWR and offers retirees some useful swag during RAD 2017, Oct. 19. Photo by John Reese, USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

Retirees, prepare to be appreciated at the garrison’s annual Retiree Appreciation Day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 25, at the Swabian Special Events Center, Patch Barracks.

The day recognizes those who served and their family members who continue contributing to the country and the Stuttgart military community. Most attendees are retirees who return year after year to meet up with old service buddies, swap war stories and catch up on each other’s lives. First time attendees meet new friends and generally find an event worthy of repeat attendance year after year. RAD provides retiree support services and information to these deserving individuals. The event is free and open to military retirees of all branches, widows or widowers and other surviving family members.

This year’s RAD promises to be as heartwarming and service-friendly as in years past. The support services participating hope to see their many retired friends and family members enjoying the celebration for their many sacrifices.

The annual event features guest speakers, medical services will include flu shots and other vaccinations, diet counseling, eye exams, medical screening, blood-pressure screening, blood-sugar testing, and pharmacy information. Ophthalmology services may also be offered, depending on personnel availability. Dental services will provide retirees only with oral hygiene information and exams (the Dental Clinic will provide services from their permanent location in Bldg. 2996 on Panzer Kaserne).

Providers from more than 20 agencies will be present to offer literature and answer questions. As of press time, representatives of the following services participating include the Religious Services Office; Customs; American Red Cross; Army Community Service; passport office; Installation Access Control System (Note: IACS–ID card processing and registration in the IACS will be available on Panzer Kaserne, Bldg. 2915, across the parking lot from the main Exchange); National Archives and Records Administration; Stuttgart Law Center; local service organizations and associations; USO; Army-Air Force Exchange Service; Veterans of Foreign Wars; USAA; Defense Commissary Agency; and Service Credit Union. Representatives for Social Security Administration and Veterans Administration may also be in attendance.

Door prizes may be provided by sponsors, including DeCA, AAFES and others.

Doors open at 8 a.m. for registration. Free coffee and pastries are available from 8-9 a.m., then at 9 a.m. following the opening ceremony, manned informational displays and free medical screenings will be open from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., with a free lunch buffet.

For gate access questions, participants should call or visit Installation Access Control System with any questions or concerns in Bldg. 2915, Panzer Kaserne, 07031-15-2872/2889.

Plan to attend RAD
Retirees who wish to take advantage of the many services available within the Stuttgart military community are asked to RSVP no later than Oct. 10. Call 07031-15-2010.

In addition to attending RAD, retirees are asked to volunteer to serve in the Retiree Services Office and on the Retiree Council. The office has been in need of volunteers for about a year. Call 431-3512 on Wednesdays.