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…

Did somebody say ‘Game of Thrones?’

  VILSECK, Germany — Where are my Game of Thrones fans at? Game of Thrones 7th season will premiere on this Sunday, July 16th at 8 p.m. CST on HBO in the United States, which is 3 a.m., on Monday, July 17th over here. In honor of this premiere, I…

How to ship alcohol in your government personal property move

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Over the course of two or three years in Europe, many Soldiers and military families find that building a modest alcohol collection — from regions famous for wine, for example — becomes a part of their experience abroad. But what happens when it’s time to transport…

Freecycle: Good Stuff Free

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — PCS season is in full swing. If you are new to Germany, or have PCS’d for the first time, the experience can be overwhelming. In addition to finding a place to live, the added task of coming up with the household goods you didn’t bring…

Brazil in the middle of Europe

  GRAFENWOEHR, 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…

Tower tours offered at Tower Barracks during summer 2017

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Tours of the historic water tower on Tower Barracks are now being offered throughout the summer of 2017.   Tours are open to community members with installation access. Tour dates and times are:   Thursday, July 13, 9 – 11 a.m.   Tuesday, July 25, 9…

Army’s claims process for personal property damages, losses changes July 5

  FORT KNOX — The Army has created a new office at Fort Knox to process Soldiers’ claims for personal property losses incident to government service, known as the Center for Personnel Claims Support, or CPCS. The new center will be fully operational July 5, 2017.   These claims are…

Which pets can or can’t be taken back stateside

By Robert Szostek, USEUCOM Customs Public Affairs   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 of disease…

What to know if you get pulled over in Germany

  By Emily Jennings, USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs   WIESBADEN, Germany — Driving on the roads in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language fluently can be nerve wracking enough. But imagine getting pulled over by police. That’s what happened last month when Tony Muñoz, a Department of…

Rose and Tower Barracks schools to release students early on Thursdays

  The Department of Defense Education Activity’s Grafenwoehr schools, in collaboration with USAG Bavaria, will be releasing students one hour early every Thursday. The early release will begin in the 2017/2018 school year.   The class times for the schools are: Vilseck Elementary School: 8:25 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. except…

2017 Experience Spring Contest Winners

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Environmental Division congratulates the families and students who participated in this years’ Experience Spring contest.   One family along with eight classes from Netzaberg, Vilseck and Hohenfels Elementary Schools submitted entries. The purpose of the contest is to encourage children to explore nature, learn about local…