German police liaison awarded the Order of the Marechaussee

  Vilseck, Germany — Polizeikauptkommissar Gerhard Männer, a German police officer, was awarded the Order of the Marechaussee, steel category, during his retirement ceremony on Feb. 23, 2021, at Rose Barracks. The award is one of the Military Police Regimental Association’s highest honors, and it’s the first one ever presented…

USPS Tower Barracks reduces customer waiting times

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Tower Barracks Postal Center recently improved its sorting process through the introduction of new handheld Zebra TC77 mobile devices. The TC77 enables postal employees to scan, print and track labels all from a single device. Tower Barracks USPS is the beta-testing site for the entire U.S.…

Complete OHA Survey to have a say in your pay

By USAREUR-AF Personnel Office   WIESBADEN, Germany — Germany’s annual Overseas Housing Allowance Survey will be conducted online between March 1 to 31, 2021. During this time frame, access the web link here: http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/ohaSurvey.cfm?ID=mar-uti   OHA is a cost-reimbursement based allowance. Completing the survey is critical to ensure OHA rates…

Partnership in pandemic times

WEIDEN, Germany – Even though all upcoming events and citizen encounters with USAG Bavaria partner cities were canceled due to COVID-19, there are still opportunities for strengthening partnerships. On Feb. 18, Lord Mayor Jens Meyer of Weiden and Col. Christopher R. Danbeck, commander of USAG Bavaria, added the new garrison…

Hiking through the countryside to the Teufelstein

VILSECK, Germany — While COVID-19 is a frustrating obstacle that keeps community members from exploring many wonderous things that Germany has to offer, there are still some hidden gems in the local area that can be explored safely. One of these gems is the Teufelstein Loop, also known as the…

Lynx family spotted in the Steinwald

By Megan McKnight with USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – For the first time in Bavaria since the 1850s, a female lynx and her three kittens were observed nearly 130 kilometers outside the Bavarian Forest.   During a routine day of forest maintenance in the Steinwald, a forester…

Grafenwoehr Exchange offering Soldiers 10% off tax preparation at H&R Block

AAFES News Release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is helping to make the filing season less taxing by working with H&R Block to provide tax preparation services to military members and their families at a 10% discount, at Tower Barracks and Rose Barracks.  …

Vehicle Registration to launch appointment scheduler website

  Editor’s Note: Prior to any appointment, the Vehicle Registration Office reminds all personnel to review mandatory flowcharts, checklists and Exceptions to Policy on the Official USAG Bavaria webpage. If any documentation is missing at the time of appointment, then the customer cannot be served. If questions or clarification is…

USAG Bavaria work orders streamlined with ArMA

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – ArMA, otherwise known as the Army Maintenance Application, launched worldwide on Monday, Jan. 19. The new process serves to streamline work orders and non-privatized housing issues across the U.S. Army, and U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria is no exception.   The U.S. Army partnered with the SOFtact Solutions…

FFP2 masks now required for shopping and public transit in Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Individuals wanting to use off-post public transportation or retail stores in Bavaria will now be required to wear a medical-grade FFP2 mask, starting Jan. 18, 2021. Children under 15 years old are not required to wear this specific mask. However, children above the age of 6 are…