Monthly Archives: April 2016


The Family Readiness Group: What is it and where is it going?

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It was my first day of volunteering — just two weeks into my husband’s military service — when I overheard people exchange critical comments about FRG, or Family Readiness Group, the Army’s primary family organization.   Perhaps the most complex and elusive program in the Army,…

April 20th, 2016 News

New phone numbers coming to offices at Grafenwoehr, Vilseck & Hohenfels

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The U.S. Army installations at Grafenwoehr, Vilseck and Hohenfels will upgrade to a new phone system beginning this year, prompting changes in hardware and office phone numbers.   The old dial tone switches ran out of service warranty and it’s time to switch to the new Internet…

April 19th, 2016 News

Bavaria cuts ribbon on new Soldier Medical Readiness Center

  Bavaria Health Command news release   VILSECK, Germany – The ribbon was officially cut on the new U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Soldier Medical Readiness Center, Friday, at the facility located on Rose Barracks.   Commander of the Bavaria Health Command, Col. David G. Richardson, along with BHC deputies and…

April 18th, 2016 Health & Lifestyle

Understanding what Regional Contracting Office Bavaria can do for you

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The role of the contracting office here is to connect contractors and vendors with the U.S. Army to help support and meet the mission and objectives of the U.S. Army.   The 928th Contracting Battalion is the Regional Contracting Office that assists U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria and…

April 18th, 2016 Legal Issues, News

Estate planning for Soldiers and families in Germany

By Capt. Clyde Kilgore, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command   In the event of a Soldier or family member death, courts may apply German Law, the law of a U.S. jurisdiction or a mixture of both, depending on the circumstances. Soldiers are encouraged to visit the Legal Assistance Office…

April 17th, 2016 Legal Issues

Garrison clearing out abandoned vehicles

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria is looking for the owners of 17 abandoned vehicles currently sitting at a temporary impound lot near gate 6 at Tower Barracks.   Photos of the unregistered, unplated vehicles will be posted on the garrison’s Flickr page for review for 30 days,…

April 14th, 2016 CSM Talk, News

Things you didn’t know: Maypoles in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Flowers have started to bloom, the sun has finally (yes, finally) peeked out from behind the winter clouds and the sound of chirping birds fills the air. Yes, spring is in the air, summer is following closely behind, and in Germany, the first of May is a…

April 13th, 2016 Things You Didn't Know

USAG Bavaria sets environmental sustainability support example

  By Mark Albe and Caecilia Kastl-Meier   The Department of Defense mission is to provide the military forces necessary to deter war, protect the security of the American people, our allies, and advance our interests globally. To execute its mission and ensure compliance with Executive Order 13693, Planning for…

April 13th, 2016 Environmental

USAG Bavaria Fire Chief: Remember this when grilling

  By Josef Rodler, Garrison Fire Chief, USAG Bavaria Directorate of Emergency Services   Grilling outdoors   Your Grill MUST be “at least”10 feet away from any structure, trees, bushes, tents, decking, gazebo cars, and dumpsters, plus any overhangs from these hazards. Always grill on a flat, stable surface –…

April 13th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes

Blood drive at Tower Barracks April 19

  Armed Services Blood Program – Europe news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Armed Services Blood Program, along with the Grafenwoehr USO and American Red Cross, will host a blood drive April 19 to provide blood products and services to our armed services in peace and war.   The…

April 12th, 2016 News