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.  …

USAG Bavaria recognizes graduates, educational milestones

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Soldiers as well as community member graduates received their associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees during a ceremony May 18 at Rose Barracks.   Since last year, 2,100 Soldiers in the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria footprint have completed more than 6,000 college courses using more than $4…

Teachers Edith Worden (back left) and Veronika Northam, along with Hohenfels' supervisory librarian Nancy Barker, pose with students from the Maedchenrealschule and Knabenrealschule during the annual English Reading Contest May 8 at Turnbull Memorial Library. (Courtesy Photo)

Turnbull Memorial Library hosts reading contest for Neumarkt schools

  By Veronika Northam, Realschulen for girls and boys in Neumarkt   HOHENFELS, Germany — As an encouragement for German students not only to read but to do so in a foreign language, the Realschulen for girls and boys in Neumarkt held its annual English reading contest for seventh graders here…

Distracted driving increases the risk of accidents: Stay alert!

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Distracted driving is a fact of life. So what can we do to minimize the risk of accidents?   The driver’s primary responsibility here in Europe and abroad is to operate a motor vehicle safely. The task of driving requires full attention and focus.   Drivers…

Col. Varney relinquishes command at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Col. Lance Varney, garrison commander at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, relinquished command at a ceremony here May 22.   The ceremony and passing of the command’s colors was presided over by Michael D. Formica, region director, Installation Management Command Europe.   Lt. Col. Gregory Scrivens will…

Gate 6 re-opens; construction ends early to improve security and traffic flow

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Tower Barracks Gate 6 reopened ahead of schedule May 21 to inbound POV traffic as construction crews complete updates.   Construction was awarded and completed to enhance customer service to the 24/7 gate and increase the installation’s overall physical security and force protection.   During…

Annual force protection exercise may affect you

HOHENFELS, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria and host nation partners participate in a full scale force protection exercise here June 21-23, 2018.   During that time, the exercise could result in increased force protection and security measures at USAG Bavaria installations at Garmisch, Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels and Vilseck.   The…

In a jam? How to find 24-hour pharmacies in Germany

In Germany, the pharmacy is called an Apotheke and can be identified by the large red A outside locations.   But not all pharmacies in Germany operate 24 hours. German pharmacies take turns operating throughout the night.     There is always at least one Apotheke open near you. Here’s how…

Bavaria Community and Spouses’ Club announces recipients of grants

On behalf of the Bavaria Community and Spouses’ Club (BCSC) Board of Governors, we are pleased to announce the 4th quarter recipients of our Community Outreach Grants. $10,000 was awarded to the following deserving organizations:   VHS Boys Soccer Team   VHS Science Department   VHS Baseball Team   A…

WANTED: Intelligence Analysts at Grafenwoehr Counterintelligence Field Office

Grafenwoehr, Germany – The U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Grafenwoehr Counterintelligence Field Office, the GFO, offers two six-month internship positions for experienced enlisted Intelligence Analysts.   To support its mission of US Army Counterintelligence in Europe, the GFO looks for two Mid-Level All-Source Analysts (35F) with a focus on the European…