Ansbach Community Notes — May 19, 2022

Transitioning in Germany Workshop

Are you interested in staying in Germany after military service? Join the USO 24 May at 1600 for a virtual workshop on living and working in Germany after you separate. Register at

German Holiday Closures

The following offices will be closed May 26 in recognition of Ascension Day:

Community Bank – Katterbach and Illesheim

ASBP Blood Drive

Armed Services Blood Program-Red Cross will hold a blood drive June 6 and 7,  0900-1700 at Katterbach Fitness Center. Appointments are required and can be scheduled at, sponsor code: Europe. There are relaxed eligibility rules: local national staff, retirees, family members and military members can donate.

New ARC Hours

The US Army Health Clinic Ansbach Acute Respiratory Center have reduced the hours of operation for COVID testing. The ARC will be closed for training/federal holidays. New ARC Hours: 0800-1000 Monday-Friday except training/federal holidays.

Free College Opportunities through CDSE

Registration is NOW open for the fall semester of advanced and graduate-level CDSE Education classes that will run from August 22 to December 18, 2022.

Classes fill quickly, so please register early to secure your spot in the fall semester.

CDSE Education program offers:

  • Tuition free & flexible 100% virtual instructor led courses
  • Five Security Education Certificate programs
  • Highly qualified instructors
  • Real-world practical assignments
  • Virtual networking with professionals throughout the security community

You can learn more about the classes and register for them by accessing the links located here:

To register, log into STEPP via:

If you have any questions, or need additional information, send inquiries to:

Career Training Opportunity in the Security arena – Security Manager 101

If you are interested in expanding your career options and opportunities, this message may speak to you. The next DOD Security Specialist Course (SSC) is scheduled to start June 21, 2022.  This SSC is entirely virtual!  It is a four-week long course designed to provide students with a baseline of fundamental knowledge to perform common DOD Security Management tasks and practices. It incorporates and explains a number of the focuses encompassing the Security specialist’s subject matter knowledge, ranging from the industrial, information, personnel, and physical security disciplines to understand their interrelationships, related policies, programs, and procedures. To learn more, register, and view the required prerequisites, visit

Camping Fire Safety

Here are some tips to remember if you are going camping this summer.

  • Ensure cigarettes are completely out.
  • Don’t throw cigarettes out of car windows.
  • Put disposable barbecue grills on brick’s, don’t place directly on grass.
  • Don’t leave glasses, bottles lying on ground sun’s rays redirect through the glass and can start a fire.
  • When camping, don’t leave campfires unattended and make sure it is completely out before you leave.
  • Use barbecue grills on a hard, surface away from grass or fencing.

Summer travel – don’t forget to submit your Foreign Travel Request

You may have heard about the recent 9 Euro Ticket travel offer recently announced by the German government.  If not, well…Google it, as it is an outstanding opportunity not to be missed.  With the goal of addressing soaring energy prices, and offsetting the impact of the Ukraine war, Germany wants to slash the costs of public transport – for at least three months.  That said, for a 90-day period, during the timeframe of 1 June to 31 August 2022, you, your friends and your family can travel for a month or more and pay only 9 Euros.  Granted, details are still being worked out, and more information will become available in the coming days — but think of it.  Park your car, and let your adventures in Germany truly begin.

You may ask what this has to do with Foreign Travel Reporting, since this deal only takes place within the borders of Germany?  Well, the reality is, once you get the travel-bug, borders become just another sign post on your path to a next adventure.  That being the case, the summer awaits, but as you begin scoping out your travel adventure, especially for any trips taking place to any neighboring country beyond Germany’s vast and open borders, your Garrison Security Division asks that you to include the Foreign Travel Report (FTR) in your planning process.  A link to the FTR can be found on the front page (bottom middle) of the Ansbach Garrison’s Webpage (, or if you have a Smart Phone, grab an image of the QR Code from our new “CampfireCatTales” ads running on the Garrison’s monitors. Bring up the following link in your browser, and the copy the PDF to your computer’s desktop.  Open the PDF and fill in your travel information, and take the training, and visit the recommended web links.  From there, digitally sign the FTR, and forward (e-mail) it to your Supervisor for their review and digital signature.

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