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Grafenwoehr Exchange keeping community safe during holiday shopping

AAFES News Release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Holiday shopping will look and feel different in 2020 due to COVID-19. The Grafenwoehr Exchange is committed to ensuring shoppers have a safe, sanitized and secure shopping experience during the Black Friday and Saturday sales events, from Nov. 27 to 28, 2020.  …

November 20th, 2020 Holiday, News

Ho-Ho-Ho: Military families can visit Santa virtually as Army & Air Force Exchange Service partners with JingleRing

AAFES News Release   DALLAS — Though COVID-19 might put some holiday events on hold, Santa Claus will still be making the rounds virtually with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and JingleRing.   JingleRing provides a platform for families to spend time with St. Nick in a contactless,…

November 19th, 2020 Holiday, News

Asian Hornets: A New Pest of Concern for Europe and the United States  

USDA News Release The Asian hornet, also known as the yellow-legged hornet (Vespa velutina), is a species of hornet indigenous to Southeast Asia. They are slightly smaller than the European hornets and are generally much darker brown or black with distinctive yellow legs. (Note: This insect is not to be…

November 16th, 2020 News

Exchange Veteran’s Day Limited-Edition Challenge Coin

AAFES News Release GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Army and Air Force Exchange wants to salute the selfless service of all who have worn our Nation’s uniform with a limited-edition challenge coin. Coins will be given out on Nov. 11 at the following Exchange locations: Tower…

November 10th, 2020 News

Eco-friendly ways to deal with winter weather

By Megan McKnight with USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Ice and snow produce special sets of environmental challenges. How you decide to deal with these winter inconveniences impacts the ecosystem.   Salt, debris, dirt and other pollutants accumulate in snow and ice. As the accumulation melts, the…

November 9th, 2020 Environmental, News

Preventing drunk and drugged driving

By Carly-Jayne Waters with USAG Bavaria’s Army Substance Abuse Program   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany ­— The holiday season can be a wonderful time of year. As COVID-19 safety regulations permit, community members gather to enjoy the change in scenery, cold weather, hot chocolate and warm fires. Under normal circumstances, the season is…

November 6th, 2020 Health & Lifestyle, News

Military students overseas to receive free school meals

AAFES News Release   DALLAS – Beginning Nov. 2, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service in conjunction with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), will be serving free meals to all students enrolled at DoDEA schools overseas that are operated by one of the…

October 27th, 2020 News, School News

Early Return of Dependents procedures now available online for service members

  By Katie Glover, ACS Program Specialist    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – For many families, command sponsorship within U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria is a once in a lifetime opportunity. But for others, something unexpected may occur — causing the family to return back to the United States prior to the service…

October 8th, 2020 Legal Issues, News

Nominate your Principal of the Year

DoDEA Letter to USAG Bavaria Parents and Community Letters   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Do you know a principal who has had a positive impact on your child, your child’s school, or our community? If so, please consider honoring that principal by nominating her/him for the DoDEA Principal of the Year…

October 5th, 2020 News, School News

USAG Bavaria PWOC kicks off season

  By Jamie Crawford, a volunteer with USAG Bavaria Religious Education Editor’s Note: Jamie Crawford is also a PWOC participant.   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Grafenwoehr Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) kicked off their fall Bible studies, on Sept. 3 at Netzaberg Chapel. The first congregation put special emphasis on…

September 25th, 2020 Health & Lifestyle, News