GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria and host nation partners participate in an installation protection exercise June 4-7, 2019.


During that time, the exercise could result in increased force protection and security measures at USAG Bavaria installations at Grafenwoehr, Vilseck and Garmisch.


The exercise will have minimal impact on garrison services at Grafenwoehr and Vilseck June 5.


However, the exercise will have a significant impact at Garmisch June 7. Expect potential delays at Garmisch gates, particularly during late afternoon and evening of June 7.


Community members can expect to see increased force protection measures during the lead up to the main exercise on 7 June. If you are at an affected area, follow instructions from emergency responders.


These random measures are not in response to any specific threat, but are a standard part of the garrison’s antiterrorism and emergency management programs.


The exercise is being conducted in order to test and improve the community’s overall preparedness for an all-hazards emergency event.


The fictional exercise simulates real-world environmental and man-made threats against U.S. mission assets at Grafenwoehr, Vilseck and Garmisch.


To learn more about Force Protection Conditions, or FPCON, visit our article “A community member’s guide to understanding FPCON”.


While the incident is not real, responses will be practiced in a realistic manner. German police and fire departments, as well as the Bavarian Red Cross, will participate in Garmisch. Garmisch community members can expect to hear sirens, see smoke simulators and hear giant voice (loud speaker) announcements as part of the training. Expect to receive AtHoc messages also. We train the way we fight!


The areas of the exercise will be clearly marked. For your safety, and in order to complete the exercise in a realistic environment, keep away from these areas. The exercise area will not be open to the public.


Ensuring the life, health and safety of the Bavaria Military Community is our top priority. We thank you for your support and understanding.