Monthly Archives: May 2016

Community helps Netzaberg Elementary School celebrate Earth Day

  Photos and story by Betsy Shepherd, Netzaberg Elementary School fourth-grader   NETZABERG, Germany — On May 13 Netzaberg Elementary School students learned all about making our Earth a better place while celebrating being green with their Earth Day Extravaganza.   The extravaganza featured stations where eager students learned about…

May 31st, 2016 Environmental, School News

Local survivor climbs Mount Kilimanjaro to honor Soldiers

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — “I’m going to do it.” That was Joann Valenzuela’s immediate thought when she saw the TAPS flyer for a Mount Kilimanjaro climb for surviving family members.   And she did. Valenzuela and nine other survivors summited the highest peak in Africa Feb. 14, 2016, during a…

May 27th, 2016 News

How to get your vehicle inspected for registration at USAG Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Before you can register your vehicle at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, it has to pass a safety inspection. But while you have to use the Vehicle Registration office on post, for the inspection you have the option of using on-post or off-post service providers.   You can…

May 26th, 2016 News, Things You Didn't Know

DoDEA Europe director visits Grafenwoehr Elementary School

  By Anthony Cazares and Cameron Mayfield, GES fifth-grade students   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — On Thursday, May 5, the students of Grafenwoehr Elementary School had a special visitor visit the school.   Dr. Dell McMullen, the Director of DoDEA Europe, visited the school to watch learning in action. She was…

May 23rd, 2016 News, School News

Online orientation, driver’s test now available for family members

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Family members can now also take advantage of the U.S. Army Europe online driver’s test.   The online process allows service members and their family members to complete the U.S. Army Europe Privately Owned Vehicle orientation, and test, prior to arrival to USAG Bavaria, or…

May 20th, 2016 News

Top 10 things to know about German cell phone contracts

  7th Army JMTC Legal Office news release   1. A German cell phone contract is a legal contract.   2. How long does my contract last? Most German cell phone contracts are for a period of 24 months. Then, most of them automatically renew themselves for 12 months or…

May 17th, 2016 Legal Issues

MILITARY STAR Card helps Grafenwoehr Exchange reduce fees and contribute to military quality-of-life programs

AAFES news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Customers who reach for their MILITARY STAR cards at Army & Air Force Exchange Service facilities are helping reduce credit-card processing expenses and ultimately improving their military communities.   During fiscal year 2015, bank-issued credit card processing expenses at Tower & Rose Barracks…

May 16th, 2016 News

Summer PCS season: What USAG Bavaria’s done and what you can do

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USAG Bavaria is preparing for summer PCS season by implementing new processes and procedures, but DOD personnel presently stationed in Grafenwoehr and Vilseck are encouraged to be proactive.   During a season coined “Summer Surge,” which spans from May through August, hundreds of Soldiers and families are…

May 13th, 2016 News

‘Not Guilty’ at Grafenwoehr Elementary School

  By Destini Haith and Gabby Wilson, Grafenwoehr Elementary School fifth-grade students (with assistance from Dr. Hunter)   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — On Monday, May 2, fifth-grade students from Grafenwoehr Elementary School traveled to Vilseck Rose Barracks to conduct a mock trial, called People v. Woody.   The Mock Trial was…

May 12th, 2016 Legal Issues, School News

Understanding the background check process for volunteers, contractors working with children

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Everyone working with children in U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria must pass a criminal history background check, in compliance with public law, Department of Defense instructions and Army directives.   This requirement, outlined in DoDI 1402.5 and AD 2014-23, is one measure the Army uses to ensure…

May 10th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes