Monthly Archives: March 2016

Month of the Military Child

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — April is Month of the Military Child. From deployments to new schools, military children are faced with unique challenges that ordinary youth their age never experience. Their ability to adapt to present and future changes deserves our respect and admiration. In an effort to recognize the…

March 31st, 2016 News

Day trip to Dinkelsbuehl

  By Alexis Tucker,   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — An overlooked, history-lover’s treasure, Dinkelsbuehl is a medieval town charmed by stories of the past and a day-trip for those of us in the Bavarian footprint.   Surrender of Swedish troops after interference of children in the Thirty Years War is among…

March 30th, 2016 Travel

Myths & Facts: How USAG Bavaria Red Cross helps service members in a crisis

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — American Red Cross connects family members with service members in the event of an emergency, such as a sudden illness or death in the service member’s family.   But confusion remains over the emergency communication piece commonly known as the Red Cross message, as well who authorizes…

March 29th, 2016 News

Counterintelligence office provides training; here’s how to participate

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany —  The Grafenwoehr Field Office is offering monthly training at Rose and Tower Barracks geared toward U.S. service members, DOD civilians and local national employees.   The GFO recently released its 2016 training schedule and now invites members of the garrison and military to participate.   The Grafenwoehr…

March 29th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes

Things you didn’t know: April Fools’ Day in Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — If stereotypes were true, Germans wouldn’t have a sense of humor. Fortunately, those of us living in Bavaria know that’s false.   Case in point: April Fools’ Day, or Aprilscherz in German.   The Germans have a long tradition of joking on a personal and even national…

March 29th, 2016 Things You Didn't Know

Legal office: Issues to consider during tax season

By Capt. Jennifer Bryer, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It is time to pay the piper: U.S. federal taxes for 2015 are due April 18, 2016 (an exception to the normal due date of April 15 because of the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington D.C.).…

March 23rd, 2016 Legal Issues

7 tips for grocery shopping off-post

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — For newcomers, grocery shopping in a foreign country can seem like an intimidating endeavor. But it doesn’t have to be.   Knowing the ins and outs of where and how to shop on the economy will smooth those fears and make your first German shopping experience…

March 22nd, 2016 Health & Lifestyle, News

Hangin’ loose in Ischgl

    ISCHGL, Austria — Here, we are all party animals. Fueled by local brew and inspired by mountain-shaking music, table dancing, the thin air and, oh yeah, the best skiing in all of Europe, we pound our chests and howl at the moon.   This is the melting pot…

March 22nd, 2016 Travel

Community town hall at Tower Barracks March 31

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The USAG Bavaria Garrison Commander, Col. Mark Colbrook, hosts a community town hall March 31 beginning at 3 p.m. at the Tower Barracks movie theater.   The commander will address the Interactive Customer Evaluation program and will explain how ICE works and how best to use…

March 21st, 2016 News

Things you didn’t know: Sundays in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The term “lazy Sunday” originated well before Andy Samberg decided to rap about it on Saturday Night Live, but living abroad will bring a heightened awareness to the fitting phrase.   Here in Germany, Sundays are sacred. Shops are closed and the hustle and bustle of town…

March 21st, 2016 Things You Didn't Know