Category Archives: Environmental


‘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

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

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

The Oak Tree: A symbol of community

  Story by Sgt. Christopher Stewart, 7th Army Training Command   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Leaders of the 7th Army Training Command partnered with the German forest service, known as the “Bundesforst,” and other community members to plant an oak tree outside of 7 ATC’s headquarters, Tower Barracks, Grafenwoehr, Germany, Oct.…

October 16th, 2019 Environmental, News

Giant House Spider: harmless to humans, helpful to the environment

  By Christa Rolls, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Now that autumn is upon us and the days are getting colder, animals of all kinds, including us humans, seek warmer locales to survive the blustery cold.   One such creature we’re likely to find more often in…

October 7th, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know

Everything you need to know about winter tires in Germany

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Warm weather is giving way to cold, which means you should prepare your vehicle now for winter.   One important thing to know before you hit the road in winter is that Germany has different tire requirements than the United States.   European winter tires…

September 21st, 2019 Environmental, News, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

Grafenwoehr Military Museum Exhibit highlights training area environmental protection

  by Christa Rolls, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Culture and Military Museum of Grafenwoehr will open a special exhibition highlighting environmental protection at Grafenwoehr Training Area from Sept. 17, 2019, to March 15, 2020.   Hosted by Stadt Grafenwoehr and the Heimatverein Grafenwoehr, the exhibit…

September 12th, 2019 Environmental, News

Clear bulk trash, other waste during Fall Cleanup

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Every year, as the trees become bare and leaves pile up along sidewalks and lawns, the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Directorate of Public Works leads a concerted effort to beautify the installation before the season gives way to the cold, snowy months of winter.   Service…

September 6th, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, Housing, News

Foreign soil prohibited from entering US

  By Julie Aliaga-Milos, USEUCOM Agriculture Advisor   The United States Department of Agriculture restricts or prohibits the entry of many agricultural products, which can carry foreign pests and diseases that harm American agriculture and our environment.   A major pest or disease outbreak could mean higher grocery bills, shortages…

September 6th, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know, Travel

#BavariaWeatherEyes – Expand visibility, influence weather decisions

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Staying informed of weather and road conditions is easy. But understanding what occurs between the fall of the first snowflake and the decisions that follow is more complex.   Inclement weather that arrives during the fall and winter months sets into motion a series of events…

August 26th, 2019 Environmental, News, Safety & Security Bytes, School News