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…

A community member’s guide to understanding FPCON

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army in Europe relies on four Force Protection Condition (FPCON) levels — A, B, C and D — or as the Army says, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta. The levels increase from lowest condition at Alpha to the highest and most protective at Delta.  …

4 reasons to visit a SFL-TAP center early and often

By Jenny Hale, U.S. Army Transition Division   The Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) supports Active and Reserve Component Soldiers with at least 180 days of continuous active federal service. The program also serves thousands of Family members and Department of the Army Civilians. The Army’s goal…

Your PCS Guide to USAG Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Time to arrange a yard sale, dig up some sturdy cardboard boxes and begin organizing important paperwork. You’re making a military move across the Atlantic.   Congratulations on receiving orders to Germany! Living in Europe is exciting. And here at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, we have…

Victim advocate duo named USAREUR SARCs of 2016

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Two members of the USAG Bavaria community who work with victims of sexual assault received awards for their efforts at the 2017 Sharp Professional Forum held in Wiesbaden, Germany Thursday, April 27.   Sgt. 1st Class Alberta Cole, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator with 18th Military…

A spouse’s guide to understanding how the military is organized

  By Katie Lange, DoD News, Defense Media Activity   If you’re in the military, it’s a pretty safe bet that you know how your service branch is organized. But each service is different, and if you work in a joint-service atmosphere, it might help you to know each branch’s…

USAG Bavaria hosts U.S. Army Europe Ten-Miler qualifier June 24

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria headquartered in Grafenwoehr hosts the 2017 U.S. Forces Europe Army Ten-Miler Qualification Race at the Tower Barracks Physical Fitness Center, Bldg. 170, Sat., June 24, 2017, beginning at 8 a.m.   While only Soldiers can compete for the U.S. Army Europe team,…

Stuff you can rent or borrow this summer at USAG Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Summer is quickly approaching. The weather is warming and the days growing long. It’s the perfect time for outdoor activities and we’ve got you covered at USAG Bavaria.   The garrison offers a wide range of equipment and supplies to all ID cardholders at Grafenwoehr, Vilseck,…

Meet the Chaplain: Carson Jump of Hohenfels

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — With nine years of experience in U.S. Army chaplaincy, Chaplain Carson Jump is a family man serving the Lord alongside his wife and their five children.   With the help of his family and an amazing group of volunteers, Chaplain Jump leads the Hohenfels Youth of…

Graduating Soldiers, families celebrate achievement together

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Overcast skies couldn’t dampen the upbeat mood at the 2017 College Graduation Recognition Ceremony May 12 at the Rose Barracks Multi-Purpose Center in Vilseck.   Senior Education Services Officer Kathleen Connolly opened the ceremony, which drew the largest number of college graduates in the ceremony’s three-year…

Volunteers honored for commitment to community

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — They help keep our schools, clinics and mission-essential operations running. And they do it on their own time, with an openness to make a difference and shape change into action. Well over 400 volunteers served the Grafenwoehr and Vilseck communities in the last year. They logged…