Category Archives: 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

All you need to know about the German ‘TV tax’ and how to avoid it

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — There are a few things you should know about the mandatory German radio, TV and internet fee, generally referred to as “TV tax,” and how to obtain a waiver for the payment if you are in Germany under the SOFA agreement.   The Rundfunkbeitrag, or TV…

April 3rd, 2019 Legal Issues, Things You Didn't Know

9 German wedding traditions you should know

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Some wedding traditions in Germany and the U.S. are pretty similar, others are way different, funny or weird from the other perspective.   Most of the traditions are German-wide, but there are also some regional traditions. Porcelain breaking parties, bride kidnapping or ten-foot long cakes — don’t…

April 1st, 2019 Things You Didn't Know

#BetterAtBavaria: How the largest overseas installation supports its community

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — If you follow U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria on social media, you can expect to see the tag #BetterAtBavaria more often.   So what does it mean?   #BetterAtBavaria is our way of telling both new and seasoned community members about the resources and services provided by…

March 22nd, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know