Author: Jackie Pennoyer

Your PCS Guide to USAG Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Time to arrange a yard sale, dig up some sturdy cardboard boxes and begin organizing important paperwork. You’re making a military move across the Atlantic.   Congratulations on receiving orders to Germany! Living in Europe is exciting. And here at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, we have…

May 23rd, 2017 News

Volunteers honored for commitment to community

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — They help keep our schools, clinics and mission-essential operations running. And they do it on their own time, with an openness to make a difference and shape change into action. Well over 400 volunteers served the Grafenwoehr and Vilseck communities in the last year. They logged…

May 11th, 2017 News

We asked you about a town hall forum. Here are the results.

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Public Affairs staff canvassed the community to align the format of future town halls with public demand. The result? Most say go virtual.   The USAG Bavaria community provided feedback to Public Affairs staff through an online survey in November, along with…

April 3rd, 2017 News

Special Victims’ Counsel: Legal representation for sexual assault victims

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Soldiers, dependents and civilian employees who are victims of sexual assault are entitled to immediate, 24/7 legal advocacy through specially-trained, licensed attorneys in the U.S. Army’s Special Victims Counsel program.   Special Victims Counsel: What is it?   The Special Victims Counsel is a Department of Defense…

March 29th, 2017 Health & Lifestyle, News

Influential Women of Bavaria: Annette Evans, your garrison deputy

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In almost every Army community, you’ll find a Deputy to the Garrison Commander, or DGC. Described by some as the equivalent to a city manager, the garrison deputy oversees day-to-day operations in the areas of public works, housing, in-processing, education, fire and emergency services, postal, MWR,…

March 15th, 2017 News, Questions

Separate bio waste from regular trash

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — German households and businesses, including DoD families and Soldiers living off-post at USAG Bavaria, will soon be required to separate biodegradable waste from non-recyclable refuse, according to a new regulation.   The DoD Environmental Final Governing Standards for Germany, a document that establishes compliance with German…

March 2nd, 2017 Environmental, News

BCSC president’s top 24 travel sites in Europe

  It’s the “hidden gems,” Jan Meert said — referring to lesser known travel sites off the beaten tourist path — that can really make the European living experience so much richer.   Meert became the president of Bavaria Community and Spouses Club, an organization open to the whole Bavarian…

February 22nd, 2017 Travel

BOSS Soldiers help Gold Star families find hope

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — “We really brought a different atmosphere,” Pfc. Kyle Gipson said, recollecting on the whirlwind five-day trip that he and other single Soldier representatives took to Dallas, TX. “We were the only ones still in the military who could provide families with this special connection to their…

January 5th, 2017 News

Official and tourist passports: Why the difference matters

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A small, tightly-wound book with pages primed for international stamps and the promise of adventure, the passport is perhaps the single most important object for smooth and lawful travel across borders.   Two types of passports are important for DOD personnel and families stationed in Germany:…

January 3rd, 2017 News, Things You Didn't Know

Students own their message on World AIDS Day

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Using markers and linen canvas, students at Vilseck Youth Center created images and messages on World AIDS Day that challenge and reimagine the way society views the disease. The result: a quilt with a resounding message of compassion and acceptance.   Pitched and made possible by…

December 6th, 2016 News, School News