Author: Jackie Pennoyer

BOSS Soldiers help Gold Star families find hope

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — “We really brought a different atmosphere,” Pfc. Kyle Gipson said, recollecting on the whirlwind five-day trip that he and other single Soldier representatives took to Dallas, TX. “We were the only ones still in the military who could provide families with this special connection to their…

January 5th, 2017 News

Students own their message on World AIDS Day

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Using markers and linen canvas, students at Vilseck Youth Center created images and messages on World AIDS Day that challenge and reimagine the way society views the disease. The result: a quilt with a resounding message of compassion and acceptance.   Pitched and made possible by…

December 6th, 2016 News, School News

18th CSSB and the challenge of supporting fallen enemies

Grafenwoehr’s 18th CSSB supports recovery of fallen WWI and WII Soldiers     GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Soldiers with 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion here have been fundraising the last several months to support a non-profit organization that recovers fallen World War I and II Soldiers — regardless of nationality —…

November 23rd, 2016 News
USAG Bavaria crest

Bank information stolen from off-post ATM skimming near Tower Barracks

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Hundreds of bank card and personal identification numbers were reportedly stolen over an October weekend by skimmers attached to ATMs located off-post Tower Barracks, according to bank officials here.   An estimated 800 accounts were affected and tens of thousands of dollars was stolen from the Grafenwoehr…

November 16th, 2016 News

6 ways to avoid problems with your German phone contract

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In her twenty years with U.S. Army legal teams, German attorney Mechthild Benkert says the most frequent issue troubling her DoD clients has not changed. It’s German phone contracts, she says without hesitation.   “I think people automatically assume things are the same in Germany as in…

August 18th, 2016 Legal Issues

More paper and cardboard containers for Netzaberg

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Netzaberg recycling points saw the addition of three new paper and cardboard containers July 3, to assist community members in meeting German recycling requirements.   The large recycled paper containers — now a total of 11 in the Netzaberg community — are located at the neighborhood’s…

July 11th, 2016 News

How to recycle at USAG Bavaria

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on June 30, 2016. It has since been updated by the USAG Bavaria Environmental Division and SORT Team on Feb. 11, 2021.   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — We all have a responsibility to keep our garrison clean and safe. Tossing everything into one waste…

June 30th, 2016 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News

Summer PCS season: What USAG Bavaria’s done and what you can do

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USAG Bavaria is preparing for summer PCS season by implementing new processes and procedures, but DOD personnel presently stationed in Grafenwoehr and Vilseck are encouraged to be proactive.   During a season coined “Summer Surge,” which spans from May through August, hundreds of Soldiers and families are…

May 13th, 2016 News

College graduates, teachers recognized at May graduation ceremony

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria 2016 college graduates and award-winning teachers from on-post universities were recognized for their academic achievements at a graduation ceremony here May 6.   “It is an honor and privilege to be around such a talented group of Soldiers, family members, civilians and…

May 6th, 2016 News

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