Category Archives: News

New AER program to offer $1,500 for out-of-pocket childcare costs

By Sean Kimmons, Army News Service   Army Emergency Relief will begin providing up to $1,500 on Feb. 1 to help cover childcare costs for Soldiers and families who move to a new duty station.   The AER Childcare Assistance Program offers $500 per month for three consecutive months in…

January 29th, 2020 Health & Lifestyle, News

Rockets return to Europe; 1-6 FA conducts first live-fire exercise

by Spc. Zachary Stahlberg, 7th Army Training Command GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment of the 41st Field Artillery Brigade conducted their first live-fire exercise since reactivating in September 2019 at the Grafenwoehr Training Area Jan. 27, 2020.    “This is the first live fire of…

January 29th, 2020 News

Dress up, have fun: It’s Fasching

  Fasching, as it’s known in Bavaria, is crazy and a fun time to be in Germany. Fasching is also known as Karneval or Fastnacht in other parts of Germany. It officially kicked off the Karneval season Nov. 11 at 11:11 a.m. with pre-Lenten festivities.   During Germany’s carnival season,…

January 28th, 2020 Health & Lifestyle, News

Understanding fog lights in Germany

  USAG Bavaria Safety Office   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Thick patches of fog often roll through Bavaria, particularly around Grafenwoehr, Vilseck and Hohenfels.   According to Army in Europe Regulation 190-1 — the regulation on driver and vehicle requirements in Germany — foglights are not required. But if foglights are…

January 28th, 2020 Environmental, News, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

Super Bowl parties at USAG Bavaria

The National Football Conference champion San Francisco 49ers face the American Football Conference champion Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Florida, Feb. 2.  Coverage begins late night Sunday, Feb. 2 (German time), on AFN American Forces Network TV.   The duty day begins Monday, Feb. 3 at…

January 24th, 2020 News

Hohenfels honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  HOHENFELS, Germany — Hohenfels honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his extraordinary contributions to the American civil rights movement at a ceremony at the Post Theater on Jan. 22.   Guest speaker Mr. Kenneth McKoy, Joint Multinational Readiness Center protocol specialist, said he felt it…

January 23rd, 2020 News

Bavaria Community and Spouses’ Club announces spring community grant & scholarship deadline

  Bavaria Community and Spouses’ Club news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Bavaria Community and Spouses Club (BCSC) is pleased to announce its Spring 2020 Community Outreach Grants and Scholarships deadline: February 21, 2020 at midnight. These applications are completely online.   Fall Cycle Community Grant Application Link: bavariacsc.com/grants…

January 21st, 2020 Health & Lifestyle, News

Eligible veterans authorized installation access, Commissary and AAFES shopping privileges

  By Anna Morelock, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden   Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, certain veterans received access to Commissary and Exchange services.   Within Germany, due to international agreements with the German Federal Ministry of Finance, this access also requires veterans to register with the U.S. Army Customs Agency- Europe…

January 17th, 2020 Housing, Legal Issues, News

Marten: A misunderstood pest and how to deter from vehicle wiring

  By Christa Rolls, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — If you have been in a local car shop, you’ve likely seen products that tout a hissing, ferret-like animal on the front cover, warning of their presence.   Martens, or Marder in German, notoriously damage vehicle electrical systems…

January 17th, 2020 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, Housing, News, Things You Didn't Know

Online orientation, driver’s test available for family members

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Family members can now also take advantage of the U.S. Army Europe online driver’s test.   The online process allows service members and their family members to complete the U.S. Army Europe Privately Owned Vehicle orientation and test prior to arrival to USAG Bavaria, or…

January 15th, 2020 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News