Author: Payton Porter

AFN Bavaria does more than play the latest songs

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The U.S Army Garrison Bavaria branch of American Forces Network provides U.S. radio news, information and entertainment programming to Active, Guard and Reserve service members, Department of Defense civilians and contract employees, and their families overseas, on board Navy and Coast Guard ships, and other authorized users…

August 14th, 2018 News, Questions, Things You Didn't Know

OPINION: Chaplains provide and advise

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Chaplains are one the Army’s greatest assets, providing vital moral leadership and one-on-one counseling with confidentiality.   A week before I left the U.S. bound on a flight to Europe, I was stopped at a red light behind a late model sedan with a very unique…

July 31st, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News

Pet ownership a shared responsibility at USAG Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria understands how important your pet is to you. The on-post Veterinary Treatment Facilities offer various types of routine care and services for the pets of military families when possible.   The primary mission of the Vilseck and Hohenfels Veterinary Treatment Facilities is…

July 25th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News

Safety, security key to social media use

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — These days we can’t go a moment or move a step without immediate access to some form of social media, but that kind of access can also impact operational security.   If there is a single breach in security, it could cost lives. Practicing poor safety…

July 11th, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Bavaria Health Initiative: What’s my next step?

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Do I need to start a fitness program? Do I just eat all the right foods? Or do I just simply hire a fitness guru to hold my hand and lead me in the right direction?   Let’s start with a fitness program, which is no more…

June 26th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News

928th CBN holds change of command ceremony

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Lt. Col.  Isaac M. Torres assumed command of the 928th Contracting Battalion–Germany from Lt. Col. Jerel R. Grimes at a ceremony here June 21.   The ceremony and passing of the command’s colors was presided over by Col.  Douglas S. Lowrey, 409th Contracting Brigade Commander, Kaiserslautern, Germany.…

June 21st, 2018 News

Hector Camacho Jr. visits troops in USAG Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — During the week prior to Memorial Day, boxing phenom and former champion Hector Camacho Jr. visited U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria to honor troops and participate in the fourth annual Memorial Day “Run to Honor” hosted by 2nd Cavalry Regiment.   Hector Camacho Jr., 39, a five-time…

May 29th, 2018 News

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…

May 23rd, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News

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…

May 21st, 2018 News

OPINION: What I wish someone had told me before I moved to USAG Bavaria

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Moving to an amazing, culturally-diverse area as U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria involves a lot of planning and forethought.   As with any permanent change of station, or PCS, it’s imperative to keep your head high and remain optimistic.   But don’t be fooled: It won’t…

March 20th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News