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…

Keep banned foodstuffs out of US

WIESBADEN, Germany – Personnel shipping household goods to the USA should be careful when packing the contents of their kitchen, agriculture officials advise.   The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issues fines of $100 to $1,000 to first-time offenders who ignore the strict rules that apply to sending…

I’m a Service member at USAG Bavaria. How do I vote?

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Voting is your constitutional right, and it’s one of the rights you defend as a member of the U.S. military. You can have a voice in the electing process. If you don’t vote, you don’t have that voice.   Voting season is around the corner. What am…

Garrison honors, provides services for retirees October 23

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria will hold its annual Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 23 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Soldier for Life Center and the Health and Dental Clinic on Tower Barracks.   Retirees of all branches of service, family members and surviving spouses are…

Exploring Dinkelsbuehl

  DINKELSBUEHL, Germany — Bavaria has more than its share of quaint and colorful towns, but one of the most charming has to be Dinkelsbuehl. Situated between the Romantic Road and the Germany Holiday Route, this picturesque village offers tourists an authentic glimpse into Germany’s past.   Surrounded by a…

Bavaria Health Command activated in Vilseck

By Kristen Schabert, Bavaria Health Command   VILSECK, Germany – The Bavaria Health Command was officially activated in a ceremony on Dragoon Field, Rose Barracks, Sept. 25.   BHC replaces the former United States Army Medical Department Activity Bavaria, better known as BMEDDAC. The activation is part of a larger…

Environmental: How to avoid mold in the house

U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria has many nice buildings. But even the new buildings can easily develop mold, if certain precautions are not followed. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter, such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided.  …

Winterize your car: Exchange offers free lighting inspection

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Your AAFES Exchange offers free lighting inspections to U.S. forces stationed here.   The Exchange automotive repair facilities are now offering a free inspection of POVs to verify that lights, windshield wipers and tires meet acceptable functional standards.   The Exchange auto repair center is located at…

Driving in Germany: What you need to know about the Motor Vehicle Lighting Campaign

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Motor Vehicle Lighting Equipment campaign is conducted throughout Germany each year in October.   The purpose is to encourage motor vehicle owners to have their vehicles — especially lighting equipment — inspected prior to the onset of winter weather.   The campaign is conducted each year…

Your domestic violence prevention resources at USAG Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The garrison here supports the U.S. Army’s efforts in raising domestic violence awareness during the entire month of October.   What is domestic violence, and why does it matter? Today, families — and especially military families — are subject to a variety of stressors that often place…

U.S. Army Soldier Show coming to Grafenwoehr

The 2015 U.S. Army Soldier Show is a high-energy 90-minute live musical that showcases the talents of Soldiers who were selected by audition from throughout the Active-Duty, Reserve and National Guard Army. The production, “We Serve” explores the foundational elements of what it means to serve, in and out of…