Category Archives: Things You Didn’t Know


Vilseck’s rich history included tolls

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Vilseck used to be a border town in the bishop’s district, and charged toll fees for people passing the city of Vilseck in a time when the night watchman announced the hour several times throughout the night and day.    Vilseck’s rich history dates back to 930…

August 12th, 2019 News, Things You Didn't Know, Travel

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

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

Understanding ESSO fuel cards

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Esso card is a convenient way to pay for fuel, but certain policies and procedures for the retail sale of duty-free motor fuel affect authorized personnel in Germany.   The Esso card is a form of rationing introduced to help prevent over-purchasing high-demand goods such…

June 16th, 2019 News, Things You Didn't Know, Travel

How to receive emergency assistance from American Red Cross

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — American Red Cross assists military members, civilians and their families in the event of an emergency, unexpected illness or death in the family, via emergency communication.   “The emergency communication process is certainly one of the most important and discernible services we provide, but there are…

May 11th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Things You Didn't Know

White-tailed eagle re-sighted near Regensburg

  By Christa Rolls, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Grafenwoehr Training Area is one of the few places in Bavaria that supports a healthy population of white-tailed eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla), a species closely related to the North American bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus).   Recently, one of the…

May 7th, 2019 Environmental, News, Things You Didn't Know

Routine and emergency housing work orders: Same phone number, different criteria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria community members can report work orders and request other housing services through one Housing Office call center.   ROUTINE WORK ORDERS   During the normal duty day, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., community members should call their work order…

April 25th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know

Annual observance reflects on Holocaust nearly 75 years later

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Holocaust was the maltreatment and murder of over six million men, women and children by the Nazi regime in the 1930s and 40s. Nearly 75 years after the Holocaust, people around the world reflect on the horrors that had taken place.   Germany’s tainted past…

April 22nd, 2019 News, Things You Didn't Know, Travel

Kinder surprise eggs still banned in U.S.

USEUCOM Customs Executive Agency News Release   WIESBADEN, Germany — People who are thinking of sending chocolate eggs stateside this Easter should be aware of the U.S. Customs regulation banning Kinder Surprise eggs from import to the U.S.   “U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents will remove Kinder Surprise chocolate…

April 13th, 2019 Legal Issues, News, Things You Didn't Know

Festival remembers sacrifices of American Soldiers decades later

  By George Patton Waters, grandson to Gen. George S. Patton   Have you ever wondered if the American soldier will be remembered for their sacrifices decades from now? I believe we’ve found the answer in a small town in the Czech Republic.   For almost 30 years, the city…

April 12th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know, Travel