Students own their message on World AIDS Day

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Using markers and linen canvas, students at Vilseck Youth Center created images and messages on World AIDS Day that challenge and reimagine the way society views the disease. The result: a quilt with a resounding message of compassion and acceptance.   Pitched and made possible by…

Scholarships for Military Children to open Dec. 13

  Defense Commissary Agency News Release   FORT LEE, Va. – This holiday season is full of the usual landmark dates, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. One other date in December, however, vies for importance for some military families: the Commissary’s opening of Scholarships for Military Children Program.…

Santa, Nikolaus or Christkindl: Christmas traditions in Germany

By Johanna Lohwasser, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   Germany’s original Christmas gift-bearer St. Nicholas — Sankt Nikolaus in German — makes his tour through town a few weeks earlier in Germany than in America. This isn’t because Santa’s schedule is just too busy to cover the groundwork before Dec. 25.…

5 easy ways Single Soldiers can get out, explore this month

By Jesse Lopez, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs Office   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – The holiday season has officially begun in Germany, and your dose of winter cheer is just a short ride away.   Experiencing a bit of cabin or barracks fever? Expand your footprint. Break out of the routine. Explore…

Security clearances: Why personal finance and credit matter

Did you know that one of the most common reasons a person is denied a security clearance is because of credit problems? Up to 50 percent of clearance denials involve financial considerations, according to reports from the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals, or DOHA.   Why does the government…

Falkenberg Castle: 1000 years of emotional history

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Tons of castles are scattered across Germany, but the Falkenberg Castle is unique. With stones constructions over 1,000 years old, the castle is designed to withstand attacks.   This massive example of architecture is just a half hour ride from Grafenwoehr. Over the decades it has been…

ACES turns spotlight on education support professionals

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army Continuing Education System celebrates Education Support Professionals Day by recognizing three outstanding faculty members who support local education initiatives with administrative, counseling and testing services.   The celebration is part of the National Education Association’s 95th annual American Education Week, which ran from Nov.…

8 ways to give back during the holidays at USAG Bavaria

By Victoria Thompson, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The holidays are a great time to pause, express gratitude and celebrate all life’s blessings. It’s also a time of incredible need for many. Here are eight ways you can give time, energy or gifts to the community this season.   1.  Donate…

18th CSSB and the challenge of supporting fallen enemies

Grafenwoehr’s 18th CSSB supports recovery of fallen WWI and WII Soldiers     GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Soldiers with 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion here have been fundraising the last several months to support a non-profit organization that recovers fallen World War I and II Soldiers — regardless of nationality —…

Turning waste into warmth for 200 buildings on-post Hohenfels

By Paul Hlawatsch, USAG Bavaria Directorate of Public Works   HOHENFELS, Germany — When President Obama signed Executive Order 13693 “Planning for the Sustainability in the Next Decade” Mar. 19, 2015, Hohenfels military community — part of USAG Bavaria — was already one step ahead.   EO 13693 calls for…