Author: Andreas Kreuzer

USAG Bavaria proves ‘ready to fight’ during full-scale exercise

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Smoke rises from the middle school just as military police arrive on location. Meanwhile, 150 DOD personnel out of Turkey are en route to a shelter here as part of an evacuation operation. And garrison employees suddenly realize they’re the target of a malicious and sophisticated…

July 28th, 2017 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Brazil in the middle of Europe

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — For 51 weekends of the year, visitors to the small Franconian city of Coburg find what they might expect: a charming market square, an 800-year-old fortress, and a gigantic historic palace, all surrounded by deep green forest.   But that 52nd weekend, visitors find something very…

July 7th, 2017 Travel

USAG Bavaria employees honored for 2,035 years of service

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Community members and garrison leaders honored long-time garrison employees at an Employee Length of Service ceremony here Sept. 28.   In total, these garrison employees have logged 2,035 years of total service to the U.S. Army and federal government.   Col. Lance Varney, commander of the U.S.…

March 17th, 2017 News

Get alerts from German authorities about your neighborhood

By Holly DeCarlo-White, USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs   The U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Antiterrorism Office recommends residents stay up-to-date through local news sources about the area they live when they are in or out-of-town. KATWARN is a free mobile app service for official warning information in German zip codes. The app exclusively displays…

March 8th, 2017 Safety & Security Bytes

German supervisors attend training to support employee well-being

                                            GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Thirty-seven local national supervisors attended the Mental Health, Resiliency, Occupational Well-Being, Suicide Prevention awareness training here to help employees cope with, and overcome, emotional or…

February 17th, 2017 News

New Netzaberg chapel ‘power projection platform’ for spiritual readiness

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Netzaberg chapel and its 115-foot tower overlooking the village is the community’s brand new landmark. The wave-like facade and interior curved design elements reflect the chapel’s Upper Palatinate surroundings.   Many U.S. and German military officials, religious and community members and local leaders attended the…

February 7th, 2017 Health & Lifestyle, News

Dress up, have fun: It’s Fasching

  Fasching, as it’s known in Bavaria, is crazy and a fun time to be in Germany. Fasching is also known as Karneval or Fastnacht in other parts of Germany. It officially kicked off the Karneval season Nov. 11 at 11:11 a.m. with pre-Lenten festivities.   During Germany’s carnival season,…

February 3rd, 2017 Health & Lifestyle, News

Falkenberg Castle: 1000 years of emotional history

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Tons of castles are scattered across Germany, but the Falkenberg Castle is unique. With stones constructions over 1,000 years old, the castle is designed to withstand attacks.   This massive example of architecture is just a half hour ride from Grafenwoehr. Over the decades it has been…

November 30th, 2016 Travel

Local, unique Christmas Markets 2016

By Johanna Lohwasser   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — While the seasons change and leaves start to fall, imagine Medieval castles illuminated by Christmas lights and small stalls offering everything from traditional food, candy and drinks to handmade local tree decorations, candles and hand-crafted wooden toys like vintage merry-go-rounds.   Germany is…

November 9th, 2016 Travel

The Netzaberg Chapel set to open February 2017

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The chapel overlooking the Netzaberg village here is on pace to open its doors for services in February 2017, according to lead managers.   Begun in November 2013, the new chapel will replace the aged one located on Tower Barracks.   The $15 million project, with…

October 18th, 2016 News