How to prepare for, respond to severe weather in Germany

  By Kellie Matack, USAG Bavaria Emergency Management   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In the spring and summer, it is not unusual for Germany to experience an inflow of warm, humid air masses originating from the southwest. When these air masses converge with the colder air from the north, and there…


Know before you go: 61st German-American Volksfest offers fun, food for community

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria invites the Bavaria military community and all citizens to the 61st German-American Volksfest Aug. 2-4 at the Grafenwoehr Training Area’s Camp Kasserine.   USAG Bavaria has a long and rich history of hosting the German-American Volksfest, which is the largest in Germany. There will be…

Opinion: Be informed when adding a dog to the family in Germany

  HOHENFELS, Germany — Adding a dog to your family is a big responsibility. My dog, for example, is part of the family and not just a “toy” or convenient. We have to get up in the middle of the night when he has to go outside, feed him twice…

Germany’s lifeguard associations protect swimmers, promote swim education

  HOHENFELS, Germany — Drowning is a global health issue, larger than many accept, and is almost entirely preventable.   All official lakes and pools in Germany have their own lifeguards. One of the largest groups is the Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft. Founded in 1913, the DLRG has over 1.8 million members…

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Dental patients sought for follow up due to incomplete sterilization process

by Gino Mattorano, Regional Health Command Europe   HOHENFELS, Germany — The Hohenfels Dental Clinic recently discovered that the sterilization process for a small number of dental instrument sets may not have been fully completed. These sets were used in the care of patients seen at the dental clinic on…

US Embassy Berlin releases security awareness reminder to summer travelers

BERLIN, Germany — Summer is here! Germany is a safe country to travel to or reside in. That said, it is always good to practice some common-sense safety precautions.   Historically, this time of year sees a marked increase in crime on the streets of most cities in Germany and throughout…

Overseas school lunch prices see slight increase for 2019-2020 school year

  AAFES NEWS RELEASE   All Department of Defense Education Activity schools in Europe will adjust school lunch pricing by 25 cents for the 2019–2020 school year.   This change is due the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (Public Law 111-296), which requires participants in the U.S. Department of Agriculture meal…

Visit 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…

Grafenwoehr Exchange Dog Days of Summer Photo Contest

  AAFES NEWS RELEASE   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In celebration of National Dog Day on August 26, the Grafenwoehr Exchange is hosting a Dog Days of Summer Photo Contest on their Facebook page.     Community members can enter by posting their cutest summer dog photo as a comment to…

Street Fighter V Esports Tournament Aug. 17

  VILSECK, Germany — The Road to TwitchCon Street Fighter V Esports Tournament will take place at USAG Bavaria August 17, 2 p.m., at the Zone Sports Bar, Bldg. 607 Rose Barracks.    The tournament is open to all active duty Army and Army National Guard Soldiers 18+ stationed within U.S. Army…