Category Archives: Health & Lifestyle


Policy reminder on medical care travel reimbursement outside the local area

U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Bavaria Public Affairs   VILSECK, Germany — The U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Bavaria is reminding all eligible beneficiaries that although current policy allows for travel reimbursement for medical care not available within the local area, host nation medical facilities are still the first option…

July 25th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News, Travel

ACS turns 54: Here’s what it offers at USAG Bavaria

  By Katie Glover, USAG Bavaria Army Community Service   VILSECK, Germany – Community support of families, soldiers and civilians plays a vital role in readiness of our military.   On July 25, Army Community Service, the cornerstone of community support, celebrates its 54th birthday and its impact on U.S…

July 23rd, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News

Official and tourist passports: Why the difference matters

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A small, tightly-wound book with pages primed for international stamps and the promise of adventure, the passport is perhaps the single most important object for smooth and lawful travel across borders.   Three types of passports are important for DOD personnel and families stationed in Germany:…

July 23rd, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Things You Didn't Know
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Electric scooters: get to know the new regulations

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Electric scooters are now legal in Germany with several restrictions and regulations.   In most cities in other countries, electric scooters belong to the cityscap, In Germany, it was forbidden to use them on public roads, but the country has recently released its first e-scooter regulation.  …

July 19th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Summer activities to get you outdoors in Bavaria

  by Christa Rolls, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division      GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Now that the warm season in Bavaria is here, there are a plethora of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.   Whether you prefer something more slow-paced, or want to step on the wild side…

July 18th, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, Travel

Bavaria Arts & Crafts Center participating in local art exhibition

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Bavaria Arts & Crafts Center and the city of Grafenwoehr started a partnership to bring art lovers together and to show the local population a completely different side of the military.   The first partnership event will be an art exhibition at the Grafenwoehr Annamarkt…

July 18th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News

How to prepare for, respond to severe weather in Germany

  By Kellie Matack, USAG Bavaria Emergency Management   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In the spring and summer, it is not unusual for Germany to experience an inflow of warm, humid air masses originating from the southwest. When these air masses converge with the colder air from the north, and there…

July 16th, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

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