Giant House Spider: harmless to humans, helpful to the environment

By Christa LeGrande, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Environmental Division volunteer   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Now that winter is upon us and the days are getting colder, animals of all kinds, including us humans, seek warmer locales to survive the blustery cold.   One such creature we’re likely to find more…

Things you didn’t know: Dining with Bavarians

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It is customary for many landlords and nearby residents to invite their new tenants and neighbors into their home for dinner. But if you’re new to the area, anticipate some slight differences.   Read ahead to enter this cultural experience well prepared and remember, glasses will be…

Flu shots, mist available at USAG Bavaria

  Bavaria Health Command press release   VILSECK, Germany – Coughing, sneezing, fever, aches… Flu season is here. It’s the time of year you can expect to notice more of these symptoms in your family, friends, or coworkers. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The flu vaccination is…

Commissaries at USAG Bavaria to offer in-store Wi-Fi

By Kevin L. Robinson,DeCA public affairs specialist   Note: To access a video related to this news release, go to https://youtu.be/G_-rESoN01Q   FORT LEE, Va. – The last phase of the Defense Commissary Agency’s in-store Wi-Fi rollout schedule begins Oct. 19 as the agency opens Internet access for patrons at…

Town hall Oct. 20 to discuss refugee situation

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A town hall will be held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, to update USAG Bavaria community members on the housing of refugees and asylum seekers in nearby cities.   Col. Mark Colbrook, commander of USAG Bavaria, will provide an overview and address any concerns. The town…

Local national union strike planned Oct. 19 near USAG Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — An official local national labor union strike set to begin during the morning hours Monday, Oct. 19, outside Tower Barracks may slow or stop traffic in and out of an installation gate and limit garrison services.   The strike could last one to eight hours. During this…

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…