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…

Army lodge at Grafenwoehr awarded for guest service

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army Lodge here at Tower Barracks recently earned high honors for providing exceptional guest services.   The lodge was awarded Sept. 7 the Certified Guest Service Property award presented by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.   The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute,…

Dangerous caterpillars discovered at Grafenwoehr Training Area

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A potentially dangerous caterpillar species was recently discovered by garrison cleanup crews in heavily forested areas of the Grafenwoehr Training Area, according to reports from the public works division.   Following the devastating August storm that blew through Vilseck and much of the surrounding training grounds,…

Wolf at Hohenfels same as one roaming Graf, evidence suggests

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A male wolf last reported in the Grafenwoehr Training Area February 2017 has moved to the Hohenfels Training Area, according to evidence retrieved by the Bavarian Ministry for Environment (LfU).   A genetic test of wolf excrements found at the HTA indicate this is the same…

Local trains explained

  By Jeremy S. Buddemeier, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Public Affairs   VILSECK, Germany – Living in Europe for the past four years, I’ve come to the realization that some cultural stereotypes exist because they’re true: Americans are loud in public and they really do love their cars.   And…

Escape the Outbreak 2.0

By Savannah Robinson, American Red Cross   VILSECK, Germany – The Zombie Apocalypse is coming, with Escape the Outbreak 2.0 on Rose Barracks Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a barbecue in the safe zone from noon to 2 p.m.   Escape the Outbreak is designed to…

Your suicide prevention resources at USAG Bavaria

Army Senior Leaders are committed to building a ready and resilient force by sustaining personal readiness and mitigating high-risk behaviors that run  counter to the Army profession.   Those who serve our great nation pledge to treat themselves and others with dignity and respect and expect others to do the…

Army recognizes Garmisch employees for length of service

  GARMISCH, Germany — Fifteen German and American civilian employees were honored for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 45 years of service to the U.S. Army in a ceremony here Aug. 29.   In total, the honored employees — coupled with those not present at the ceremony —…

Morning, afternoon reroute near Graf Elementary begins Sept. 5

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Bavaria, we have just received funding to begin major renovation and construction projects on Tower Barracks.   The most current project near the Grafenwoehr Elementary School (GES) will ensure the health and safety of our children. This project, however, will be a temporary inconvenience.   Expect…

Community member returns to Garmisch after 55 years

  GARMISCH, Germany — Kathy Leslie, who lived three years of her childhood in the Garmisch Breitenau Housing Area, took a trip down memory lane when she visited Artillery Kaserne with her husband, Ian, during a recent trip to Europe.   It was her first time back to Garmisch after…

Remember these bus safety do’s, don’ts

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The first day of school is just one day away and there are some important things to keep in mind for children and their parents riding a school bus this year.   Ensure children know and use the safest route possible to and from the bus…