Category Archives: Health & Lifestyle


Know before you go: 61st German-American Volksfest offers fun, food for community

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria invites the Bavaria military community and all citizens to the 61st German-American Volksfest Aug. 2-4 at the Grafenwoehr Training Area’s Camp Kasserine.   USAG Bavaria has a long and rich history of hosting the German-American Volksfest, which is the largest in Germany. There will be…

July 15th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

Opinion: Be informed when adding a dog to the family in Germany

  HOHENFELS, Germany — Adding a dog to your family is a big responsibility. My dog, for example, is part of the family and not just a “toy” or convenient. We have to get up in the middle of the night when he has to go outside, feed him twice…

July 12th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News

Germany’s lifeguard associations protect swimmers, promote swim education

  HOHENFELS, Germany — Drowning is a global health issue, larger than many accept, and is almost entirely preventable.   All official lakes and pools in Germany have their own lifeguards. One of the largest groups is the Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft. Founded in 1913, the DLRG has over 1.8 million members…

July 12th, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know
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Dental patients sought for follow up due to incomplete sterilization process

by Gino Mattorano, Regional Health Command Europe   HOHENFELS, Germany — The Hohenfels Dental Clinic recently discovered that the sterilization process for a small number of dental instrument sets may not have been fully completed. These sets were used in the care of patients seen at the dental clinic on…

July 11th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News

Overseas school lunch prices see slight increase for 2019-2020 school year

  AAFES NEWS RELEASE   All Department of Defense Education Activity schools in Europe will adjust school lunch pricing by 25 cents for the 2019–2020 school year.   This change is due the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (Public Law 111-296), which requires participants in the U.S. Department of Agriculture meal…

July 9th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News, School News

Street Fighter V Esports Tournament Aug. 17

  VILSECK, Germany — The Road to TwitchCon Street Fighter V Esports Tournament will take place at USAG Bavaria August 17, 2 p.m., at the Zone Sports Bar, Bldg. 607 Rose Barracks.    The tournament is open to all active duty Army and Army National Guard Soldiers 18+ stationed within U.S. Army…

July 8th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle

Grafenwoehr clinic bids farewell to Smyth, welcomes new commander

  By Alain M. Polynice, U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Bavaria Public Affairs Office   GRAFENWOEHR, German — The U.S. Army Health Clinic Grafenwoehr said goodbye to Lt. Col. Rose L. Smyth as she relinquished command of the health clinic to incoming commander Lt. Col. Avery J. Carney at a…

July 3rd, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News

ANALYSIS: Disasters are going to cost you more

  Editor’s note: Tom Janis is the Emergency Manager at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria. This is his contribution and analysis.   Imagine there was widespread damage from a natural catastrophe while serving overseas and the U.S. Army refused to pay or render aid. Unfathomable? Well, get ready Army.   Effective…

July 1st, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Town hall addresses housing problems, successes and improvements

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Maintenance response times, lack of transparency of housing work orders, and effective sponsorship were among common findings of over four thousand recent home and barracks visits here, said the garrison commander at a town hall to address housing issues.   Garrison Commander Col. Adam Boyd hosted…

June 30th, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, Housing, News

MEDDAC Bavaria earns The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval

    VILSECK, Germany — The U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Bavaria is pleased to announce it has successfully earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its certification in Primary Care Medical Home.   The Primary Care Medical Home certification focuses on care coordination, access to care and…

June 28th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News