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…

Understanding who needs to take Level I Antiterrorism Awareness Training

Part III of V in the USAG Bavaria Antiterrorism Awareness Series   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — If you’ve spent any amount of time in or around the military, you’ve probably taken the DOD’s Antiterrorism Level 1 Training course … many times.   But who’s required to take it? Service members? Family…

Employees on 5-year rule now given higher priority

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Overseas government service workers subject to the Defense Department’s 5-year employment limitation will be restored to a higher status in the priority placement program, according to a DOD memorandum released Aug. 6. The changes restore priority status that was in effect prior to July 2010.   “Reverting…

5 steps to become a volunteer at USAG Bavaria

It took a few weeks, a second cup of coffee, and some self-rallying to finally sit down and browse my options.   As a young educated Army spouse confronting the challenges of adjusting to a first duty station, I struggled with the change and sincerely believed securing a position in…

Camping in Croatia: Land of Winnetou

ŠIBENIK, Croatia — Ask any German who Winnetou was and you’re bound to get a smile.   The fictional character Winnetou was a Native American hero based on the books by Karl May, one of Germany’s bestselling authors. Later, in the 1960s, the character was played by French actor Pierre…

Finding InDependence

How a group of Army spouses are redefining life in the military

‘Online misconduct’ subject to UCMJ

By C. Todd Lopez, Army News Service WASHINGTON — If Soldiers were still unsure of what bad behavior looks like online, the Army clarified it for them in an “All Army Activities” message — commonly called an ALARACT — that went out force-wide last week.   Online misconduct, it says,…

Vilseck Health Clinic modernization & expansion

VILSECK, Germany — On March 25, 2013, a $34.7 million state-of-the-art Army Medical Home (Patient and Soldier Centered Medical Homes) clinic addition and alteration project was awarded.   This project will quadruple the size of United States Army Health Clinic Vilseck, consolidate offices and scattered health care services from 3…

Who’s C-Dub? Questions with an AFN DJ

You probably hear her voice every day during PT or on your way to work. She’s an AFN DJ, a volunteer, Army spouse, former pageant girl in Texas and Louisiana and a mother of two dogs. She’s Christy Whitaker (a.k.a. C-Dub on the radio waves) and she hails from Oklahoma.…

Bringing your pets back stateside

By Robert Szostek, U.S. Army Europe Customs   WIESBADEN, Germany – People moving stateside this summer may take most types of pets with them if they plan ahead. However, endangered species laws prevent people from taking some turtles, birds and reptiles to the United States.   “Dogs must be free…

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…