Author: Annabelle Arcand

USAG Bavaria celebrates local winner of Young Lives, BIG Stories contest

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Young Lives, BIG Stories contest gives kids from age 3 through grade 12 the opportunity to share the ups and downs of military family life in words and art. The contest is part of the annual Month of the Military Child celebration, which is hosted…

August 29th, 2018 News, School News

Navigating passports, birth certificates for children born abroad

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — New babies come with paperwork, and maybe more so when the parents are stationed overseas with the military.   According to the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Passport Office, overseas military bases are not considered U.S. soil, and thus children born to military personnel stationed overseas are…

July 25th, 2018 Legal Issues, News, Things You Didn't Know

Summer safety: Kids and pets in cars

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Passing a bakery on a hot summer day to grab an iced latte is tempting for almost everyone. Parents to small kids especially understand the temptation to fuel up on caffeine to survive the rest of the day while their child snoozes peacefully in his or her…

July 13th, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes

USAG Bavaria celebrates US Army’s 243 years of history

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria celebrated the U.S. Army’s 243 years of service to our nation June 14, 2018, at the Stryker Inn Dining Facility on Rose Barracks.   Today’s celebration, organized by 2nd Cavalry Regiment, honors the Army’s great history and the heroes from World War I…

June 14th, 2018 News

Summer, sun & beaches: A guide to Germany’s sandy jewels

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Tired of traveling to tourist hot spots like Italy, Spain or Greece? Then spend your summer vacation at Germany’s finest beaches.   Wait … Germany has beaches?   While the south of Germany is known for its medieval towns and romantic lake fronts, Germany’s north offers some…

June 8th, 2018 News, Travel
Spouses network with potential employers during a November 2017 career fair here hosted by U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Army Community Service. (Photos by Porche Leonard, ACS)

Employment readiness: Resources for military spouses

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Finding employment in today’s competitive job market is hard enough already. When military families are forced to pack the boxes and move across the country or overseas far away from a connection network, employment can become a real hassle.   Unlike in the civilian world, Army…

May 24th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News

Danke Mama: Celebrating Mother’s Day the German way

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The holiday honoring mothers is not just an American one. Mother’s Day has existed since as long ago as the Greek empire. Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world.   Modern Mother’s Day finds its roots in the U.S., when female activist Julia Ward Howe requested…

May 8th, 2018 News, Things You Didn't Know

Rose Barracks opens Bavaria’s largest Functional Fitness Facility

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — To meet the demands of the new Soldier Readiness Test and Army Combat Readiness Test, Tower Barracks and Rose Barracks have transformed two fitness facilities into new functional fitness gyms.   The 5,000-square-foot Rose Barracks functional fitness facility opened its doors April 13 to all DOD ID…

May 8th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News

Airmen memorialize fallen heroes during annual 24-hour Run Challenge

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Tactical Air Control Party Airmen from across Europe ran to memorialize fallen Airmen and Soldiers here, April 26 to 27, during the 7th Annual TACP 24-hour Run Challenge.   “My goal is 60 miles. Last year I got 52 and I am trying to beat that,”…

April 27th, 2018 News

May Day: Witches will fly and pranks will rise

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Welcoming spring with bonfires and dances while banishing demons and evil spirits – this is how much of Germany celebrates witches night, or ‘Hexennacht,” April 30 every year.   On this night, the old legends say witches meet the devil at the sacred mountain Brocken before…

April 23rd, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News, Travel