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…

Christine Anne Fiala: Questions with a retired Soldier following her dreams

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In 2016, Christine Anne Fiala opened an art studio located at Alte Amberger Strasse 2, 92655 Grafenwoehr.  The studio is a continuing pursuit of her life-long dream, which she began with her first class of four students in 2014.   Creative Art Fundamentals, LLC offers a…

Law enforcement to issue fines for illegal parking in Netzaberg

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Eschenbach Polizei and Garrison Emergency Services will be taking a more pro-active approach to traffic violations in the Netzaberg housing area.   Although Netzaberg is a base for Army Family Housing in the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria community, the town falls under the jurisdiction of the German…

Food Handler courses offered in time for Volksfest

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USAG Bavaria is offering several Food Handler courses from now through August 2 to allow anyone handling food at the upcoming Grafenwoehr German-American Volksfest the opportunity to obtain an active food handler certificate before the festivities begin.   Department of Defense’s food safety regulations require personnel…

Veterans can now check eligibility to shop Exchange online

  AAFES news release   DALLAS – As the Department of Defense’s military exchange services prepare to welcome potentially 13 million honorably discharged Veterans back to their military families this coming Veteran’s Day, VetVerify.org has launched to confirm eligibility to receive a lifelong military exchange online shopping.   Veterans may…

IMCOM leaders pledge to enable employees, build a culture of service

FORT SAM HOUSTON, TEXAS — An Army-wide campaign was launched this week at a headquarters town hall hosted by Lt. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, commander of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command.   Officially known as the IMCOM Service Culture Initiative, the campaign represents the command’s long-term commitment to providing…

Seven nature activities for summer fun with the family

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Summer is around the corner and kids across USAG Bavaria are excited for school to end. Parents, on the other hand, might not be so excited for summer to start. As a parent (and key entertainer), you might be wondering how you are going to avoid…

Annual force protection exercise may affect you

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria and host nation partners participate in a full scale force protection exercise July 10-15, 2017.   The exercise will impact garrison services at Netzaberg and Tower Barracks in Grafenwoehr and cause potential delays at the gates.   Community members can expect to see…

OPINION: 5 things to buy on post

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — When we first moved here, I was focused on living a truly authentic German lifestyle. We ended up in a private rental off post, and my goal was coming to fruition quite nicely.   After unpacking and getting settled in, it came time to stock the…

USAG Bavaria sets standard with welcome center grand opening

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – United States Army Garrison Bavaria held a ceremony here June 6 marking the grand opening of its new Readiness Welcome Center.   The center goes beyond the traditional Army model of having required inprocessing agencies under one roof and brings in other garrison partners and agencies…

Know your safety resources at USAG Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The National Safety Council — a non-profit agency begun in 1912 — designated June as National Safety Month. The U.S. Army has championed the effort by fully supporting the National Safety Council campaign. In addition to increasing awareness about safety hazards and how to prevent them, the…