Monthly Archives: October 2019


Cross-section of USAREUR Soldiers determine cost of living in Germany

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — This year, the U.S. Army has assigned volunteers to determine the Cost of Living Allowance adjustments in Germany.   The adjustments will be based on the Retail Price Schedule, also known as a Market Basket Survey.   U.S. Army Europe recruited Soldiers from units throughout Germany…

October 30th, 2019 News

2019 Christmas Markets near USAG Bavaria

    By Johanna Lohwasser   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — While the seasons change and leaves start to fall, imagine Medieval castles illuminated by Christmas lights and small stalls offering everything from traditional food, candy and drinks to handmade local tree decorations, candles and hand-crafted wooden toys like vintage merry-go-rounds.  …

October 29th, 2019 Travel

American Red Cross provides over 2,000 comfort kits to rotating Soldiers

  by Brea DuBose, American Red Cross Vilseck Complex Volunteer   VILSECK, Germany — The American Red Cross Vilseck chapter teamed up with their counterparts in Hohenfels to aid in providing over 2,000 comfort kits to Soldiers leaving from rotation in Hohenfels Sept. 27.   The operation began when Amy…

October 28th, 2019 News

Family Advocacy Program focuses on increased prevention, service to the Bavaria community

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Family Advocacy Program is working hard to provide a vital service and create new programs for the community.   “Family Advocacy Program offers preventive-based services, not to be confused with the FAP Clinical team who works with law enforcement to provide…

October 28th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News

Glühwein: What it is and how to make it

German Embassy Public Affairs Office, Washington   No German Christmas market is complete without “Glühwein,” the hot, spiced mulled wine that warms holiday merrymakers from the inside out as they stroll through these charming little villages of cloth and wood with family and friends.   “Glühwein,” which literally means “glowing…

October 25th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle

Parkstein’s natural history draws visitors to learn about volcanoes, geology

  By Christa Rolls, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Much of the region around Grafenwoehr has beautiful rolling hills, making way to quaint villages, vast agricultural fields and dense forests.   Just northeast of the Grafenwoehr Training Area, however, is the extinct volcano of Parkstein, jutting out…

October 24th, 2019 Environmental, Travel

Status of Forces Agreement: Tax relief in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Supplementary agreement to the NATO Status of Forces Agreement affords some tax breaks to personnel under orders to be in Germany.    Department of Defense personnel stationed in or temporarily assigned to Europe may be eligible to use the U.S. Forces Tax-Relief Program to avoid paying…

October 23rd, 2019 Legal Issues, News, Things You Didn't Know

Traffic delays possible in Grafenwoehr Training Area Oct. 29-31

RELEASE UPDATED OCT. 22, 2019   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Community members may experience traffic delays when traveling through the Grafenwoehr Training Area Oct. 29 to 31.   Vehicular traffic on Chancellorsville Road, Tank Road East and One Community Road will need to momentarily stop when troops participating in Dragoon Ready…

October 22nd, 2019 News

Soldier and Family Readiness Groups empower spouses, support a ready force

  By Katie L. Glover, USAG Bavaria Army Community Service   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — For spouses, volunteering in a military unit is a powerful tool for personal empowerment, networking, becoming part of the community and building interpersonal relationships within families.     Soldier and Family Readiness Groups support the commander in…

October 22nd, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News

What to do when bad weather hits Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Inclement weather brought on by the autumn and winter months can deliver a blow to Bavaria and the surrounding area, affecting your decision to travel.   Garrison officials and street cleaning crews at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria installations at Garmisch, Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels and Vilseck will do everything…

October 22nd, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes, School News, Travel