Giant House Spider: harmless to humans, helpful to the environment

By Christa LeGrande, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Environmental Division volunteer   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Now that winter is upon us and the days are getting colder, animals of all kinds, including us humans, seek warmer locales to survive the blustery cold.   One such creature we’re likely to find more…

Return ammunition on ‘No Questions Asked’ policy

  VILSECK, Germany — Vilseck holds its quarterly Amnesty Day event Jan. 9, 2018 to afford the USAG Bavaria community the opportunity to turn in ammunition on a no-questions-asked basis.   The next Ammunition Supply Activity Community Amnesty Day for ammunition and explosives will run from 8 a.m. – 2:30…

USAG Bavaria 2017 holiday season hours & closures

  Happy holidays from U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria! The following on-post offices and services will be closed or have limited hours during holiday weekends. Closures and hours changes are also listed throughout the year on the Facilities & Closures calendar at www.bavaria.army.mil/calendar/facilities.htm.   For more or for information on other organizations…

How DPW keeps roads clear in winter

  By Tom Janis, USAG Bavaria Emergency Manager   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Driving in Germany is particularly challenging with the speeds and the amount of traffic on the roadways.   Add winter conditions and the road conditions will deteriorate quickly with rain, ice and snow.   A particular hazard of…

Rose Barracks Soldier earns Environmental Officer award

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A Soldier from Rose Barracks received the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Environmental Officer of the Year award for fiscal year 2017 at a recent USAG Bavaria Environmental Quality Control Counsel.   Sgt. Beau Murray, senior wheel mechanic, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, was recognized for…

MILITARY STAR makes dreams come true with fourth annual Your Holiday Bill Is On Us sweepstakes

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – The nation’s military exchanges and the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) are joining forces to put some jingle back in military shoppers’ pockets by picking up the tab on their MILITARY STAR cards with the Your Holiday Bill Is On Us sweepstakes.   The Army & Air…

AFN announces dates for high definition TV and new decoder rollout

  The overseas military audience is weeks away from two highly anticipated major improvements in American Forces Network (AFN) TV services: High Definition (HD) signal quality and a decoder with a built-in DVR.   “We know that our audience is used to HD in the United States and having the…

Worried about a loved one’s drinking? Al-Anon can help

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Al-non is a self-help group designed to support those affected by someone’s use of alcohol.   English language Al-Anon sessions are available in Nurnberg-Furth, Sundays at 6:30 p.m., at 138 Schivabacher.   Al-Anon is an anonymous fellowship. Members do not give their last name, and members…

2017 Christmas Markets near USAG Bavaria

    By Johanna Lohwasser   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — While the seasons change and leaves start to fall, imagine Medieval castles illuminated by Christmas lights and small stalls offering everything from traditional food, candy and drinks to handmade local tree decorations, candles and hand-crafted wooden toys like vintage merry-go-rounds.  …

Army to begin providing medical care to Chem/Bio research volunteers

ARMY MEDICAL COMMAND, FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The U.S. Army is notifying veterans that they may be eligible to receive medical care if they participated in U.S. Army chemical or biological substance testing from 1942 to 1975 and have an injury or disease that they believe was proximately caused by…