Author: Jackie Pennoyer

4 steps to obtain fuel ration card for a rental vehicle

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — DOD ID cardholders renting a vehicle must have a short-term fuel ration card before gassing up at AAFES fuel stations on military installations or Esso stations off-post.   An additional military privilege, the short-term fuel ration program temporarily increases the subsidized fuel quota for DOD card-holders using…

April 4th, 2016 News

How to submit feedback, complaints at commissary

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Defense Commissary Agency, or DeCA, which manages commissary stores on military installations around the world, handles customer feedback internally and does not use the DOD Interactive Customer Evaluation system known as ICE.   Commissary shoppers can submit comments — praise, criticism or otherwise — both…

March 13th, 2016 News

Dublin on a budget in a day and a half

  DUBLIN — Thanks to a miraculous aligning of discount Ryan Air flights, sunny weather and an approved three-day pass, we booked a spontaneous trip to Dublin, Ireland.   If you’ve never thought about traveling there, you should consider. The country boasts food that is a contemporary blend of American,…

March 7th, 2016 Travel

Omalia Weatherholt: Questions with a Family Child Care provider

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Family Child Care, or FCC, bestowed this year’s Provider of the Year award to Omalia Weatherholt, a beloved member of Bavaria’s Child, Youth and School Services. And it doesn’t take long to understand why.   Omalia Weatherholt is quick to smile and deeply humble, but…

February 4th, 2016 Questions

Things you didn’t know: Carrying pepper spray in Germany

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — German laws allow you to carry certain forms of pepper spray, but Army regulations prohibit you from bringing it on-post.   Recent reports of an increase in crime and terrorism across Europe, such as those in Cologne and Paris, have raised concerns regarding personal safety.  …

February 1st, 2016 Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know

Your domestic violence prevention resources at USAG Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The garrison here supports the U.S. Army’s efforts in raising domestic violence awareness during the entire month of October.   What is domestic violence, and why does it matter? Today, families — and especially military families — are subject to a variety of stressors that often place…

October 1st, 2015 Health & Lifestyle, News

Books: USAG Bavaria Librarian’s Top Ten Picks

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Situated on Saratoga Avenue, the library on Tower Barracks is a cozy place for Soldiers and family members to escape from daily routines, study new topics, read — or watch — their favorite stories, and participate in events, such as book clubs and yard sales.   The…

September 11th, 2015 News

Mother and daughter duo in Graf: same rank, same uniform

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It’s not every day you find two young women in vastly different life situations embark on an adventure together in a predominantly male organization. Rarer still, is when a mother with a prolific professional background in international security and her daughter, a recent high school graduate,…

September 4th, 2015 News

How to view more than 350 magazines for free

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Did you know you can access nearly 350 of your favorite magazines here and around the world? Magazines like Forbes, GQ, National Geographic, Vanity Fair and Vogue are available at your library. And it’s free.   Last year, U.S. Army garrison libraries in Europe modernized their magazine…

August 25th, 2015 News

5 steps to become a volunteer at USAG Bavaria

Editor’s Note: This article was updated on May 10, 2021, because the Volunteer Management Information System moved from Army OneSource to Army Family Web Portal. It took a few weeks, a second cup of coffee, and some self-rallying to finally sit down and browse my options.   As a young…

August 13th, 2015 News