Ask the commander: Construction Plans, Flu Shots, Piano Lessons


Col. David Carstens, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander

Col. David Carstens, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander

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Curious about construction plans

Dennis S. wants to know: I am seeking an update on construction of the new commissary and Post Exchange in Hainerberg Housing. The project was originally announced to begin in the summer of 2012, but there’s been no activity at the site. Could you provide the community with an update and revised completion and opening date? Also, what will happen with those buildings and lots currently occupied by the commissary and Post Exchange?

Response: Thanks for your question Dennis. The Post Exchange is scheduled to begin construction in Jan. 2013 and be complete and open by Nov. 2014. The commissary construction is currently in DeCA’s fiscal year 2015 program. The current Post Exchange will be converted into a “one stop” in-and-out processing center.


Community flu shot schedule

Elga H. asked: When are the flu shots available for the Wiesbaden community? Other communities (for example, Vicenza) started Sept. 15 to give flu shots from their health clinics, and we haven’t heard anything yet for Wiesbaden.

Response: If you are not an active duty military member, there are two ways to get a flu shot this year, Elga. First, see if you can make it to any of the vaccination events in our community listed below. If you are unable to make it to those events, you can come to the walk-in hours that start Tuesday, Oct. 16 and are on Tuesdays 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Wiesbaden Health Clinic. Be aware that children under the age of 3 must be vaccinated at the clinic. Also, all active duty military members will receive their flu vaccines at their units scheduled vaccination event or at the Soldier Medical Readiness Center.

Shots will be available as follows: On Oct. 11, a Thursday, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Mainz-Kastel, Power Zone; on Oct. 13, a Saturday, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the commissary; on Oct. 16, a Tuesday, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Tony Bass Fitness Center; on Oct. 18, a Thursday, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Taunus Theater; on Oct. 20, a Saturday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Taunus Theater; on Oct. 23, a Tuesday, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Tony Bass Fitness Center; on Oct. 25, a Thursday, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Taunus Theater; on Oct. 27, a Saturday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Taunus Theater; on Oct. 30, a Tuesday, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Tony Bass Fitness Center, and on Nov. 3, a Saturday, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the commissary.

More on flu shots

Nicole V. wants to know: How old does a child have to be to get vaccinated against the flu? Can my 8-month-old daughter get a flu shot?

Response: Lt. Col. Xiomara Frey from the Wiesbaden Health Clinic tells me that in general, people 6 months and older can receive the flu vaccine. There are, however, specific age recommendations for the type of flu vaccine. The live intranasal vaccine, or FluMist, is recommended for healthy people 2 through 49 years of age, and the inactivated – – injectable – – flu vaccine is recommended for people 6 months and older. So yes, your daughter can be vaccinated.

Looking for piano lessons

Mia S. wants to know: Does anybody know if there are piano lessons available for children on post?

Response: There are piano lessons available for children through SKIES Unlimited, but there is a waiting list. To get on the waiting list, you should stop by Parent Central Services at Building 1215, on Clay Kaserne (near the South Gate across from Arts and Crafts). Meanwhile, anyone interested in becoming a SKIES Unlimited instructor – – to provide piano lessons or teach another skill – – should contact the program for more information at (0611) 408-0269 or visit the www.armygermany.com website and click on SKIES Unlimited under the Child, Youth and School Services tab near the top of the page.