It’s tough moving here. You’re on your own. You don’t have the stability you once had in the States. You might not speak any German, so things get even tougher.
We understand this and, coupled with the problems you’ve voiced to us, we’re moving to bring back the stability in your lives.
Our new website at www.bavaria.army.mil now serves military communities in Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Hohenfels and Garmisch. The site draws from all the resources on-post. A community calendar — broken up into nine categories — keeps you current on what’s happening. And a news page aims to deliver pertinent, local and functional information–tied to the problems and decisions you address in order to manage your personal, professional and community affairs.
We now know that more Americans view the Internet on mobile devices than they do on traditional desktop computers. Mobile devices accounted for 55% of Internet usage in the U.S. in 2014, according to CNN. And the Pew Research Center reported this year that “As of May 2013, 63% of adult cell owners use their phones to go online.”
As a result, we’ve built an entirely responsive design for our site using a Bootstrap framework pioneered by government websites at WhiteHouse.gov, USA.gov and Medicare.gov. What is responsive design? It means that our site is accessible on mobile phones, tablets and any desktop screen.
This site is organized based on what you thought were the greatest needs in the community. What you think is important is “bottom line up front,” or BLUF.
We’ll continue to leverage social media to keep you informed and to field questions. Facebook remains our primary source of communication in a crisis. But we encourage you to explore your other options. Our Twitter feed provides resources from around the military. Our calendar allows you to share or even email events. Our Flickr and Youtube pages are valuable, too (we’ll accept your submissions). Or leave a comment on the daily stories we post to our news section.
There are a few kinks in the website. Please let us know about them, no matter how small (grammar and punctuation included). The site is a long way from perfect but with your help we can make it stronger.
Bavaria, we provide for the Bavaria Military Community. Our mission is to create a ready and resilient platform for troops. We develop leaders and the workforce. We aim to provide a first-class protection program and deliver the best customer service. Additionally, we plan, coordinate, and execute restructure, consolidation and re-stationing.
In the PAO shop, that translates into this shared goal: We aim to provide you the resources and news you need to live comfortably and enjoy your time in beautiful Bavaria.
Your USAG Bavaria PAO team
Special thanks to those involved in this project. Thank-you Ray Johnson, Andreas Kreuzer, Anne Fugate, Priscilla Rey, Susanne Bartsch, Franz Zeilmann, Joy Chalmers, Leslie Brians, Slade Walters and the Stuttgart PAO crew, Lenaya Thompson and Lirie Van Schaik.