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…

German-American Volksfest: Everything you need to know

Bavaria, you’re invited to the 57th German-American Volksfest at Grafenwoehr’s Camp Kasserine July 31 Aug. 2.   How much does it cost? Entrance into the fest is free. Food, beverages and rides are available for sale.   What can I expect? This is Germany’s largest German-American Volksfest. There will be…

New Vilseck Health Clinic set to open Aug. 5

  VILSECK, Germany— Vilseck Health Clinic staff has been diligently preparing to move into their new state-of-the-art health clinic addition in Building 260, adjacent to the existing health clinic.   Vilseck Health Clinic’s doctors and staff have been participating in various training activities, drills, and orientation to familiarize them with…

Summer vigilance: 4 things you need to know

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Summer is heating up and more people are spending time outdoors. But community members are reminded to maintain appropriate force protection vigilance.   During this time of heightened awareness, Col. Mark Colbrook, commander of USAG Bavaria, encourages everyone to take extra steps in helping to provide for…

Soldiers weigh in on Army uniform changes

By Lora Strum   WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 15, 2015) — Soldiers should check their emails in the coming weeks for the chance to provide input on possible revisions to aspects of the Army uniform and wear policy.   Senior Army leaders, including Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel…

Brazil in the middle of 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 different: the color and…

Pilgrim’s progress: Finding Vonnegut in Dresden

DRESDEN, Germany — If you’ve never read Kurt Vonnegut’s book “Slaughterhouse Five” let me sum it up for you in three words — “So it goes.”   The story loosely reconstructs Vonnegut’s time as a World War II prisoner of war — with an emphasis on the word “loosely.”  …

Put down the video games: How one school is turning kids back to nature

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Let’s face it. Kids today don’t get out much. According to research published in the journal Nature, 88 percent of kids spend time online every day and 69 percent play video games or watch television every day.   What’s more, kids ages 10-16 spend only 12.6 minutes…