USAG Bavaria environmental program best in Europe

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria was presented the first-place award in the Environmental Quality category of the 2017 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards program in a ceremony Oct. 20, 2017 at the Ever Vigilant Café on Tower Barracks.   To win the award, the USAG Bavaria Environmental Division…

Domestic violence: Take pre-emptive measures

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Being part of the military community can be truly exciting and rewarding. But it can also be tough — really, tough.   Maintaining personal and familial resiliency through the extraordinary challenges faced by military families and service members requires all parties to be committed and proactive.…

Retiree Appreciation Day offers financial and health services Oct 24

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – American Retirees in the area will have a chance to get help with pay issues, health care and other retiree services when USAG Bavaria hosts its annual Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 24 at the Tower View Conference Center on Tower Barracks.   Attendees can meet one-on-one with…

VFW Patriot’s Pen essay contest closes Oct. 31

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Patriot’s Pen Essay Writing Contest is hosted annually by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and is open to 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students. Home-schooled students also are eligible.   The contest is conducted nationwide. This VFW-sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays…

USAG Bavaria trick-or-treat hours, Halloween events & safety

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Halloween, the holiday that creeps up mid-fall, scaring away the rest of summer weather, is almost here. Before you grab the trick-or-treat bag, make sure to follow all garrison’s ground rules to stay safe.   USAG Bavaria safety staff established official trick-or-treat hours for Tuesday,…

Fire Prevention Week: Every second counts, plan two ways out

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Have you ever thought about what to do in the event of a fire? Flames can engulf rooms, block entryways and bring homes to disrepair in a matter of minutes. Do you know at least two ways out?   Fire departments across the U.S. join their…

Everything you need to know about winter tires in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Warm weather is giving way to cold, which means you should prepare your vehicle now for winter.   A German federal law that took effect in November of 2010 mandates the use of winter tires when conditions are icy.   The law does not specify specific dates,…

Ask questions, get answers at Facebook Winter Town Hall

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Questions on any garrison-related services are fair game at the community’s Winter Town Hall on Facebook Wed, Nov. 8 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.   Garrison staff and leaders from all four installations — Tower Barracks, Rose Barracks, Hohenfels and Garmisch — will be on standby…

Tower tours offered at Tower Barracks during fall, winter 2017

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Tours of the historic water tower on Tower Barracks are now being offered throughout the fall and winter of 2017.   Tours are open to community members with installation access. Tour dates and times are:   Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, 9 – 11 a.m.   Tuesday,…

How to PCS to Germany with Pets

  GRAFENWOEHR Germany — So, you are getting ready to PCS to Germany, and you’re scared, excited, nervous or all of the above. You’ve already gathered your family’s information, but what about your pets?   This can add more stress to an already stressful situation. As a military wife and…