Monthly Archives: September 2015

U.S. Army Soldier Show coming to Grafenwoehr

The 2015 U.S. Army Soldier Show is a high-energy 90-minute live musical that showcases the talents of Soldiers who were selected by audition from throughout the Active-Duty, Reserve and National Guard Army. The production, “We Serve” explores the foundational elements of what it means to serve, in and out of…

September 30th, 2015 News

Environmental: The benefits of honey

Honey has healing powers that have been proven scientifically. It can help with sore throats, burns hurt less, wounds heal faster and dry scalps benefit from an overnight honey treatment.   What’s important is not to heat the honey to more than 40 °C (104 °F) because then beneficial substances,…

September 30th, 2015 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle

USAG Bavaria’s Rising Stars announced

Pete Pollard, Grafenwoehr Performing Arts Center   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The annual Army-wide vocal competition for Operation Rising Star took place Sept. 18 and the finals were held Sept. 19 at the Grafenwoehr Performing Arts Center at Tower Barracks.   Begun in 2004, Operation Rising Star is a singing competition…

September 30th, 2015 News

Understanding how new USPS customs form procedures affect you

By 2nd Lt. Sydney Crutchfield, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The U.S. Postal Service will soon require patrons to complete customs forms online for all packages.   The new procedures — which are expected to go into effect at the beginning of 2016 — are part of…

September 23rd, 2015 News

‘Green Classroom’ opens at Rose Barracks

Story by Franz Zeilmann, Caecilia Meier and Simone Peuleke   VILSECK, Germany — On September 14, 2015, Garrison Commander Col. Mark Colbrook “opened the doors” to the new Green Classroom here on Rose Barracks.   Among the guests were mayors from our neighboring towns, representatives of the U.S. and German…

September 23rd, 2015 Environmental, School News

Troops & families: Take the cost of living survey

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — All Department of Defense Service members stationed at any of the 11 DOD identified locations in Germany, and who have been on station for at least 3 months, are required to complete the 2015 Cost of Living Allowance COLA Living Pattern Survey at www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/lps-germany.cfm.   DOD locations…

September 22nd, 2015 News

How AER policy change better helps Soldiers

Army Emergency Relief is a great program that helps our Soldiers and their Families with unexpected financial emergencies.   Just last year, AER helped 47,117 Soldiers and their families providing $64.8M in no-interest loans and grants. Unfortunately, the number of active duty Soldiers requesting assistance has declined 35% over the…

September 22nd, 2015 News

What to do when you hit a deer in Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It’s not uncommon in this part of Germany to spot a deer at dusk or dawn. And if you hit one with your automobile either on- or off-post, there are certain steps you should take.   Vehicles collide with wild animals on a German roads over one…

September 21st, 2015 Environmental

The German grocery store won’t take my credit card. Now what?

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It’s embarrassing, but it happens. You shop groceries at an off-post grocery store here in Germany. You unload all your groceries at the register and pull out your American credit card. But then, the cashier gives you a blank stare and customers behind you grow impatient. You…

September 18th, 2015 Things You Didn't Know

For the Soldiers, by the Soldiers: 15th Eng. Bn. completes initial construction of ‘Overwatch’ Park

By 2nd Lt. Crutchfield, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Army engineers here completed initial construction of what is soon to be Overwatch Park: a combination of memorials and historical vehicles and equipment positioned adjacent Memorial Park in Grafenwoehr.   First Platoon of the 902nd Engineer Company —…

September 16th, 2015 News