Category Archives: Environmental

Homegrown: Take advantage of fresh produce

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Spring has arrived in Bavaria and nature is coming back from hibernation. This also marks the beginning of gardening season, when seeds and young plants are brought out and tended to so they can produce a plentiful harvest.   The same is true for Tower and…

April 19th, 2018 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know

Take a Hike!

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Now is the perfect time to get outside. Whether you want to improve your fitness level or take a stroll with the family, below is a list of nature hikes to suit everyone.   Weissenstein Burgrine in Stienwald – Kalvarienbergstrasse 42, 95679 Waldersdorf. This hike is…

April 15th, 2018 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Travel

Sun interference causes AFN TV and radio outages Feb 25-Mar 7

  By Staff Sgt. Ben Burgess, AFN Kaiserslautern   KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany —American Forces Network listeners and viewers can expect to lose service for up to 20 minutes at a time due to daily sun interference expected to last until March 7.   Sun outages occur when the sun passes directly…

February 23rd, 2018 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News

How DPW keeps roads clear in winter

  By Tom Janis, USAG Bavaria Emergency Manager   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Driving in Germany is particularly challenging with the speeds and the amount of traffic on the roadways.   Add winter conditions and the road conditions will deteriorate quickly with rain, ice and snow.   A particular hazard of…

November 30th, 2017 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Rose Barracks Soldier earns Environmental Officer award

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A Soldier from Rose Barracks received the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Environmental Officer of the Year award for fiscal year 2017 at a recent USAG Bavaria Environmental Quality Control Counsel.   Sgt. Beau Murray, senior wheel mechanic, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, was recognized for…

November 29th, 2017 Environmental, News

Clear clutter, bulk trash during Fall Cleanup

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Service members, civilians and their families living on-post Tower and Rose Barracks can purge their homes of bulky, hazardous and autumn yard waste in the USAG Bavaria community cleanup effort Nov. 13 – 17, 2017.   What is Fall Cleanup?   Every year, as the trees…

October 26th, 2017 Environmental, News

Detecting lead at USAG Bavaria: A Community member’s reference guide

  BAVARIA — Recent problems with lead at Army housing in the U.S. renewed interest and procedures for testing for lead in water and paint here at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria.   An article posted by Reuters Aug. 16, 2018, noted the incidence of elevated blood lead levels in children…

October 10th, 2017 Commander Talk, Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes, School News

How new recycling program at Neustadt affects you

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Neustadt an der Waldnaab, the county which oversees Grafenwoehr, Netzaberg and Eschenbach, rolls out a biodegradable recycling program this October requiring residents to separate and recycle plant-based kitchen waste.   The new program is the next in a series of other county-specific biodegradable recycling policies designed…

September 26th, 2017 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News

Dangerous caterpillars discovered at Grafenwoehr Training Area

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A potentially dangerous caterpillar species was recently discovered by garrison cleanup crews in heavily forested areas of the Grafenwoehr Training Area, according to reports from the public works division.   Following the devastating August storm that blew through Vilseck and much of the surrounding training grounds,…

September 7th, 2017 Environmental, News

What to do when wildlife shares your home

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Wildlife is fun to watch in its natural habitat, but the fun quickly disappears when wild animals decide to share your home with you.   Potential home visitors – or in some cases, invaders – like wasps, hornets, bats and birds are protected by law in…

August 23rd, 2017 Environmental