> 1998 US CISM Team Handball
> Training Camp: 20-31 July 1998
> Hosted by US Air Forces in Europe
> Sembach, Germany
> Prepared: 14 Jul 98
> The purpose of this document is to detail arrangements for the training
> camp for the US CISM Handball Team, 20-31 Jul, Sembach Germany. It is a
> working document and should be viewed as such. It includes answers to
> all questions thus far posed by the team captain, coach and Armed Forces
> Sports Office. Changes/additions to the proposed plan must be
> coordinated with Debra Ponzio at the US Air Forces in Europe Sports
> Office. The goal is to have all camp information consolidated into one
> Sembach, Germany
> * Sembach is located one hour southwest of the Frankfurt Int'l
> * Sembach is a small annex of Ramstein Air Base, which is located
> 20-30 minutes away. Sembach has a commissary, small shoppette with
> bookstore/movie rental, lodging, theater, medical/dental facilities,
> fitness center, library, post office and combined club.
> * Weather: temperature normally averages between 55 to 73 degrees
> Fahrenheit. Expect to see some rain. We've been wearing light jackets
> for the past couple of weeks.
> US Delegation
> * Mission Chief, Col Gary Chamberlin
> * Team Captain, Major Winston Earle
> * Coach, Mr Jim Thome
> * Trainer, Maj Thomas Duquette
> * Athletes (16): Capt Lee Van Houten, Capt John Zierdt III, Capt
> Kevin Hutchison, Capt Steven Smith, Capt Michael Thornberry, Capt
> Jeffrey Gabel, Capt David Degraaf, Capt Mike Dellert, 1Lt Timothy
> Dukeman, 1Lt Phillip Parker, 2Lt Jonathon Hartley, 2Lt Reubin Felkey,
> 2Lt Jeff Kunard, 2Lt Thad Weist, 2Lt Matthew Sabatino, 2Lt Rick Capka
> * Officials (2): will travel directly to Romania. Need no support
> from USAFE or Sembach.
> * All athletes have single rooms with adjoining baths. Bathrooms
> are equipped with hair dryers. Each room has a double bed, TV/VCR,
> refrigerator (stocked), coffee machine, phone, ironing board/iron, and
> clock radio. The third floor kitchen area has a microwave that is
> shared by all building residents. There are washers, dryers and an ice
> machine in the basement. All rooms have 220 volt electricity only.
> * Maj Earle and Maj Duquette have single rooms the same as
> athletes. Lt Col Thome will have a suite. Col Chamberlin has a suite
> assigned for the night of 30 Jul. Suites are equipped with microwaves.
> * Calls can be received in lodging but we do not know your room
> number in advance of check-in. Friends or family may call lodging by
> dialing (from the states) 011-49-6302-4082. This will get them the
> lodging switchboard. They can ask the lodging clerk for a connection to
> your room in building 110. Let the caller know your room number to
> simplify connection the next time they call.
> * Sembach does not have a military dining facility. The Sembach
> Club is the only full-service dining facility on the base. Here is a
> brief description and hours of operation. If more detailed information
> is needed, just let me know.
> * Buffet-style, American breakfast:
> Mon-Fri: 0630-1045, Sat-Sun: 0900-1330 (brunch)
> * Lunch (cafeteria-style): Mon-Fri: 1100-1300.
> Includes hot foods, sandwiches, and salads.
> * Dinner (small restaurant with steaks, pasta, seafood, etc):
> * Commissary: Sembach has a full-service commissary that is open
> every day except Monday (on arrival day, we can schedule a trip to the
> commissary on Ramstein, if necessary). The deli makes fresh sandwiches
> Monday-Friday from 1100-1300.
> * There are plenty of restaurants in the local area and local
> outings can be scheduled.
> * Airport pick-up and return: A bus has been requested from the
> military motorpool for airport shuttle. If not approved, a commercial
> shuttle will have to be used. This will be known by 15 Jul.
> * Local area transportation: Vans have been requested from the
> military motorpool. Approval for three vans is not likely. Vans have
> been reserved from Hertz at a cost of $700 each for the 10 days. The
> status of using military vans will be known by 15 Jul.
> Practice Venue:
> * The gymnasium at the Sembach Fitness Center will be used for
> practices. Handball lines will be finished by 17 Jul. The basketball
> goals do not retract. Prior to lining the floor, we need to know from
> Coach Thome if it is preferred to (1) line up the front of the goal with
> the basketball backboard, (2) recess the goal behind the backboard but
> off to one side (the basketball court has an open-floor area to one side
> allowing for the handball court to be off-center as compared with the
> basketball court). We have handball goals that were purchased by the US
> Olympic Committee for the US National Teams to train at Sembach.
> * The Sembach Fitness Center also has locker rooms with saunas,
> free weight and nautilus rooms, cardiovascular equipment and racquetball
> * Towels, water and Gatorade will be provided during practices.
> Practice Times:
> I still need to work this out with Coach Thome and would like to have
> times arranged in advance of team arrival. Assuming you would like two
> hours in the morning and two in the afternoon, the best times for the
> Sembach Fitness Center are Monday-Friday, 0900-1100 and 1400-1600. On
> Saturday and Sunday, it would be best to schedule one practice from
> 1400-1700 (the fitness staff is down to two people and they are only
> open from 1200-1700 on weekends - we can work out something else if you
> feel it necessary).
> Meeting Room:
> There is a small meeting room in the basement of the fitness center.
> Coach Thome: is a meeting room necessary for evenings or just normal
> business hours? We have a conference room in our building that may work
> out (the building I work in is between your lodging and the fitness
> center). I'd like to work this out prior to your arrival.
> Training Games:
> No luck yet on training games but will continue to work on it. There's
> rumor of tournament on 26 Jul - I'm trying to register the team. I made
> a contact with a local Bundesliga team today and may hear something back
> by Thursday.
> Mailing Address:
> * For mail from the US: mail from the US should be addressed:
> YOUR NAME/CISM Handball, USAFE Sports Office, Unit 3050 Box 160, APO AE
> 09136. Expect priority mail to take approx. seven days and express mail
> to take two or three days.
> * Other mail: Mail can be sent to our German address but this is
> not recommended for packages from the US. If you have a package that is
> too large for the US postal system, please coordinate prior to shipping.
> If not, your package will be delayed in German customs and you may have
> to pay customs and import charges. On the other hand, if you are
> expecting mail from Europe, please have them use this address: YOUR
> NAME/CISM Handball, USAFE Sports Office, Geb 111 ZM 227, 67681 Sembach
> (Heuberg) Germany.
> * My office phone number is DSN 496-7934/7935, FAX DSN 496-7901,
> Commercial prefix from the states 011-49-6302-67-XXXX, Commercial prefix
> from Germany 06302-67-XXXX.
> * My home phone number is 011-49-6301-32468
> * The Sembach Fitness Center phone number is DSN 496-7140/7530,
> Commercial prefix same as above. The fax is commercial only: from the
> states 011-49-6302-7542, from Germany 06302-7542.
> Internet/email Access:
> * For Coach Thome: I have a computer that is connected to our
> network that you can use for working and for internet/email connection.
> It is available Mon-Fri, 0800-1700. Please let me know if software
> other than the normal Microsoft package is required. There are also
> computers at the fitness center that have internet access.
> * Others: I haven't had any other requirements for email or
> internet access and don't have the equipment or facilities to supply
> this for everyone. It is recommended that an internet based email
> system (i.e. hotmail) be used and we can arrange limited access. For
> those who are bringing their own computers: computer connections can't
> be made from the phones in the lodging rooms but there is a phone at the
> lodging office that can be used to download email.
> * Access in Romania - this is pending but we are trying to get an
> answer by the end of this week.
> Medical Information:
> No special immunizations are required for Romania but everyone should be
> up-to-date with normal military requirements: Tetanus/diptheria (in
> last 10 years), OPV (once as adult), MMR (once as adult), hepatitus A
> (should have started series), meningococcal (within last five years),
> annual flu shot (Oct/Nov 97). The travel medicine clinic gives Yellow
> Fever (within last ten years) and typhoid (within last 3-5 years)
> immunizations to people who are deployed to Romania for 30 days or more
> but feel it is not necessary in this case. All immunizations are
> available here but it is preferred that you have them prior to your
> arrival if you feel that you need any.
> Supplies from Armed Forces Sports:
> All seven boxes shipped from the Armed Forces Sports Office arrived 13
> Jul. They have yet to be opened and inventoried.
> Video Camera:
> I'm not sure what we can do about this. If you bring one from the
> states, it is not going to play back correctly on a European TV set (it
> is a different system). I'm sure we could work something out for the
> scrimmage games and while you are at Sembach but we'll have to work out
> something different for Romania.
> Ticket for Col Chamberlin:
> This is being worked between Steve Brown, Air Force Sports, and Major
> Earle, Team Captain. Received the message on 14 July authorizing TDY
> orders for Col Chamberlin.
> Recommendations for Romania trip:
> Each person should bring a towel, a lock, and a roll of toilet paper to
> Romania. These can all be purchased while at Sembach. Do not bother to
> bring any type of water purifier as bottled water will be readily
> available and will be the only water consumed while in Romania.
> Other suggested items may be added to this list.
> This document will be updated and distributed daily, 13-17 Jul.