Category Archives: Health & Lifestyle


USAG Bavaria 2017 spring clean-up guidance

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Spring has sprung and the garrison is asking all Soldiers, family members and civilians to join forces to beautify and improve the appearance of the USAG Bavaria community during a joint spring cleanup effort.   Spring clean-up for Tower Barracks is scheduled for April 24-28,…

March 30th, 2017 CSM Talk, Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News

Month of the Military Child

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Department of Defense has designated the month of April as Month of the Military Child. When a parent is in the military, both children and their parents face numerous challenges unique to military life. MOMC was created to recognize these unique challenges, as well…

March 30th, 2017 Health & Lifestyle, News

Special Victims’ Counsel: Legal representation for sexual assault victims

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Soldiers, dependents and civilian employees who are victims of sexual assault are entitled to immediate, 24/7 legal advocacy through specially-trained, licensed attorneys in the U.S. Army’s Special Victims Counsel program.   Special Victims Counsel: What is it?   The Special Victims Counsel is a Department of Defense…

March 29th, 2017 Health & Lifestyle, News

Cost of living allowance goes up in Grafenwoehr, Vilseck

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The cost of living allowance will increase for service members and families in Grafenwoehr and Vilseck, while it will decrease in Hohenfels and remain the same in Garmisch, according to numbers released by U.S. Army Europe.   The Defense Travel Management Office made the changes based…

March 15th, 2017 Health & Lifestyle, News

OPINION: Jobs, volunteer work, my saving grace as a military wife

  When we landed in Germany, the air was cold and snow was falling softly to the ground, painting a beautiful winter wonderland.   Like most, we were placed in a hotel and given a few weeks to find somewhere to live. Not knowing anyone and having to find a…

February 16th, 2017 Health & Lifestyle

Classes, events to help USAG Bavaria save

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USAG Bavaria launches its DOD-wide Military Saves campaign in February.  Throughout the week of Feb. 27 to March 4, ACS’s Financial Readiness Program offers classes and other resources to encourage saving.   Publicly take the Military Saves Pledge during Military Saves Week and vow to improve your…

February 13th, 2017 Health & Lifestyle, News

New Netzaberg chapel ‘power projection platform’ for spiritual readiness

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Netzaberg chapel and its 115-foot tower overlooking the village is the community’s brand new landmark. The wave-like facade and interior curved design elements reflect the chapel’s Upper Palatinate surroundings.   Many U.S. and German military officials, religious and community members and local leaders attended the…

February 7th, 2017 Health & Lifestyle, News

What you need to know about Avian Influenza in Europe

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — There has been an increase in Avian Influenza across Europe and Germany with wild and domestic birds contracting the disease.   Avian Influenza is the bird flu, and the strain H5N8 has become prevalent according to news sources. Currently, humans are unaffected, and in an effort to…

January 30th, 2017 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

6 easy-to-follow tips for traveling with children

Hello there travelers.   I want to talk about something I didn’t think I would ever be able to do alone: travel with my two and a half year-old son. Every parent knows how difficult that age can be. But I did it! On a budget, too.   Living in…

January 23rd, 2017 Health & Lifestyle, Travel

8 ways to give back during the holidays at USAG Bavaria

By Victoria Thompson, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The holidays are a great time to pause, express gratitude and celebrate all life’s blessings. It’s also a time of incredible need for many. Here are eight ways you can give time, energy or gifts to the community this season.   1.  Donate…

November 28th, 2016 Health & Lifestyle, News