Monthly Archives: September 2017

A guide to German federal elections

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The German federal election is Germany’s most important election and will next be held Sept. 24.   The federal election is held every four years and is used to elect the new members of the Bundestag (German Federal Parliament). State and local government officials are elected by…

September 23rd, 2017 News

German roadside assistance: Understanding ADAC

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — ADAC is an automobile club in Germany that provides roadside assistance to its members, and during warmer months the club opens a booth at the garrison here to provide newcomers with information.   For the past several years, Thomas Ullrich, the ADAC adviser to the military,…

September 19th, 2017 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

DoDEA schools job fair recruits, assists applicants

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A standing-room only crowd attended a job fair hosted by DoDEA Sept. 14 at Grafenwoehr Elementary School.   The job fair aimed to encourage and assist applicants in applying to vacant positions at schools on all four of USAG Bavaria’s installations at Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Hohenfels and Garmisch.…

September 19th, 2017 School News

CLOSURE: City of Grafenwoehr central intersection closed Sept 25-30

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The city of Grafenwoehr conducts critical road resurfacing at the city’s central intersection of B299 and Alte Amberger Strasse during the week of Sept. 25 – 30.   This is the intersection with the traffic light outside Tower Barracks Gate 1.   No vehicular travel through…

September 17th, 2017 News

Remain clear of forest clean-up areas at Vilseck

  VILSECK, Germany — Community members should remain clear of the storm damage near the Altneuhaus housing area on Rose Barracks.   Heavy storms hit the Vilseck area Aug. 9 causing damage across the installation.   For your own safety, stay clear of areas roped off and all forestry equipment.…

September 15th, 2017 News, Safety & Security Bytes

USO Europe names US Soldier in Bavaria Volunteer of the Quarter

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — When Spc. Kasheem Stephens is asked why he volunteers at the USO, he is quick to smile and point out the obvious: “It’s fun, a good place to relax and meet new people.”   Stephens, who currently serves with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment Regimental Support Squadron at…

September 15th, 2017 News

How to register for AtHoc at USAG Bavaria

    Since the Army rolled out the AtHoc mass-warning notification system earlier this year, the message for users has been clear: Register now. It takes just five minutes and is the best way to ensure you and your family receive emergency warnings.   What may be unclear to users…

September 13th, 2017 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Oktoberfest in Munich: Expect heightened security

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 2017 Oktoberfest in Munich runs Sept. 16 through Oct. 3 and fest-goers can expect to see stringent security measures again, according to the official website.   The heightened security plans include a secured perimeter, a significant police presence with up to 450 security wardens on…

September 13th, 2017 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

EFMP to host 2 free special needs workshops at Graf, Hohenfels

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The USAG Bavaria Exceptional Family Member Program, or EFMP, hosts two days of free special needs workshops in Hohenfels and Tower Barracks in Grafenwoehr.   The workshops will be presented by Specialized Training of Military Parents known as S.T.O.M.P., an organization that provides special needs related…

September 12th, 2017 Health & Lifestyle, School News

Threats on social media highlight need for strategic approach, leadership says

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Soldiers and family members are facing the growing need to protect themselves from cyberthreats on social media, according to top leadership here.   A Soldier within the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria footprint recently received messages on a private Facebook page deemed by investigators as malicious and…

September 11th, 2017 News, Safety & Security Bytes