Author: Nathan Van Schaik

COLA to increase or remain same for service members in Germany

  The allowance designed to offset overseas prices will increase or remain steady for service members stationed in Germany beginning March 1.   The overseas Cost of Living Allowance, or COLA, is the non-taxable supplemental pay allowance designed to offset overseas prices of non-housing goods and services.   The new…

February 6th, 2020 Housing, News

USAG Bavaria opens new IACS office at Rose Barracks

  VILSECK, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria opens an additional office to cope with the growth and demand for installation access services.   The Installation Access Control System (IACS) Office will open Feb. 10, 2020, at Rose Barracks, Bldg. 1701, in Vilseck across from the Military Police Station.  …

January 31st, 2020 News

A community member’s guide to understanding FPCON

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army in Europe relies on five Force Protection Condition (FPCON) levels — Normal, A, B, C and D — or as the Army says, Normal, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta. The levels increase from lowest condition at Normal to the highest and most protective at…

January 7th, 2020 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Always carry 2 forms of photo ID when entering USAG Bavaria installations

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Community members with installation passes should always carry a second form of photo identification when accessing any of the installations at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, as well as all U.S. military installations in Europe, according to officials here.   When entering post as a DOD cardholder…

January 6th, 2020 News

Christmas tree drop-off sites at Tower, Rose Barracks

  A Message from the SORT Coordinators   Drop off old natural Christmas trees anytime of the year at USAG Bavaria green waste collection points.   The Grafenwoehr collection point is located at Tower Barracks on Gettysburg Ave. across from Bldg. 540.   The Vilseck collection point is near the…

December 11th, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News

Gospel concert brings together Bavarian community

  By Keisha Frith   NETZABERG, Germany — The sound of music echoed from the Netzaberg Chapel as the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria community members and local nationals gathered for a Gospel concert.    Called the “Gospel Explosion”, the event was held Nov. 15-17 as a choir workshop. It is…

November 27th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News

‘Richtfest’ marks milestone in Grafenwoehr Elementary School construction

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. and German officials gathered here Nov. 7 to clink glasses in a major milestone toward completion of the new Grafenwoehr Elementary School.   Community leaders, engineers, builders and school staff rendezvoused at the grounds of the ongoing construction site for a Richtfest — a German…

November 8th, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, School 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

Certified running coach wants to help Soldiers

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Certified running coach Annamarie McCormick-Howell is offering her services to Army units at Rose and Tower Barracks.   McCormick-Howell is an Army spouse and mother, Pennsylvania native, marathon runner and contractor with Bavaria’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. She has run competitively every distance from…

October 9th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News

USAG Bavaria mobile app

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — News and information on services and events at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria are now available as a free mobile app compatible on Apple and Android devices.   The app is designed based on community feedback. To get your USAG Bavaria app, just search either app store…

August 5th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News