Legionella testing to begin at USAG Bavaria

  Editor’s note: This article was updated Feb. 16, 2018.   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In order to ensure water safety, USAG Bavaria and U.S. Army garrisons across Germany will conduct a routine Legionella bacteria survey in all our communities.                             Environmental Final Governing Standards for Germany now require the annual…

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,…

Dining like a local is as easy as eins, zwei, drei

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Dining in Deutschland can be a rich and cultural experience and feasting on traditional Bavarian cuisine while sampling the local brew can enhance that experience. Eating like a local is one thing, but learning how to dine like a local can take some getting used to. Learn…

‘Green Classroom’ to open at Rose Barracks

VILSECK, Germany — The Environmental Division here is an active force within the community. Recently, environmentalists and scientists within the division constructed what they’ve dubbed the Green Classroom, an outdoor habitat and virtual classroom in Vilseck situated near the Rose Barracks library.   Basically, it’s a leisure area for the…