2017 Christmas Markets near USAG Bavaria

By Johanna Lohwasser   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — While the seasons change and leaves start to fall, imagine Medieval castles illuminated by Christmas lights and small stalls offering everything from traditional food, candy and drinks to handmade local tree decorations, candles and hand-crafted wooden toys like vintage merry-go-rounds.   Germany is…

National Preparedness Month: Make a plan today

Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today. September is National Preparedness Month.   Being “ready” is not just a process or a checklist of things to do, but an approach to a whole concept way of conducting deliberate planning and preparation to allow you and others the greatest opportunity…

U.S. Army Europe extends benefits to Same-Sex Spouses in Germany

Effective Sept. 9, 2015, U.S. Army Europe is authorized to issue Status of Forces Agreement credentials and command sponsorship authorizations to eligible same-sex spouses assigned to or on orders to Germany.   Military and civilian personnel in same-sex marriages are now authorized to receive the same overseas benefits, entitlements and…

New emergency services tool for military families

Washington D.C. — The American Red Cross is launching a new digital tool that gives military families the option to quickly communicate an emergency message from a computer, tablet or smartphone at redcross.org/HeroCareNetwork.   This secure and free service will also let users track the progress of an emergency message…

Books: USAG Bavaria Librarian’s Top Ten Picks

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Situated on Saratoga Avenue, the library on Tower Barracks is a cozy place for Soldiers and family members to escape from daily routines, study new topics, read — or watch — their favorite stories, and participate in events, such as book clubs and yard sales.   The…

New policy gives Soldiers direct access to AER

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia – Army Emergency Relief announced a policy change that will allow all Soldiers, regardless of rank, direct access to AER.   This new policy, however, does not affect Soldiers in Basic Training, AIT and Soldiers with less than one year time in service.   In addition, AER financial…

Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Todd: New CSM at USAG Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria welcomed its new senior enlisted leader during a change of responsibility ceremony here Sept. 8.   Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Dillingham, outgoing command sergeant major of USAG Bavaria, relinquished his responsibilities of the garrison to Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Todd.   Todd previously…

Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Dillingham: Questions with an outgoing CSM

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey R. Dillingham has served as U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria’s command sergeant major since Feb. 5, 2014. He shifts responsibilities to incoming command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Todd, at a ceremony here Sept. 8, 2015.   A native of Elkton, Kentucky, Dillingham…

U.S. Army ice hockey in Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Moving to a new city is always a challenge. Packing, unpacking, and then trying to find a hockey league. You have to see where the league is at, what level you can play at, and if a local team has a spot for you. You might be…

Things you didn’t know: German fairy tales charm and enchant

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Americans owe Germany for some of our most beloved fairy tales.   “Snow White,” “Rapunzel,” “Cinderella,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Rumpelstiltskin” and “Sleeping Beauty” all come from Germany’s famed fairy tale scribes, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.   While these are the most renowned tales in the Brothers Grimm…

Mother and daughter duo in Graf: same rank, same uniform

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It’s not every day you find two young women in vastly different life situations embark on an adventure together in a predominantly male organization. Rarer still, is when a mother with a prolific professional background in international security and her daughter, a recent high school graduate,…