Category Archives: Things You Didn’t Know


How to ring in the new year German-style

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In the U.S., we have relatively few national New Year’s Eve traditions. Many watch the ball drop in Times Square from the warmth of their home; some kiss at midnight; others sip champagne and party until daybreak.   But, in Germany, citizens enjoy an array of fairly…

December 19th, 2018 Things You Didn't Know

Santa, Nikolaus or Christkindl: Christmas traditions in Germany

By Johanna Lohwasser, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   Germany’s original Christmas gift-bearer St. Nicholas — Sankt Nikolaus in German — makes his tour through town a few weeks earlier in Germany than in America. This isn’t because Santa’s schedule is just too busy to cover the groundwork before Dec. 25.…

December 5th, 2018 News, Things You Didn't Know

History, culture and 60 years of Elvis

  By Moneé Luckey, USAG Stuttgart   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany–Situated between the main street and the town center in Grafenwöehr is a quaint side street featuring the Culture and Military History Museum. This is the only museum in Bavaria with an exhibition about Germans and Americans living together from 1945 to…

November 26th, 2018 News, Things You Didn't Know

Grafenwoehr Exchange brings families together with Game Night Dec. 1

AAFES news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Grafenwoehr Exchange is hosting a game night for military children and their families at Tower Barracks Main Store Dec. 1.   The event, which is ideal for children age four and older, will offer three games for the families to enjoy: Don’t…

November 19th, 2018 News, Things You Didn't Know

Here are the Wi-Fi locations in USAG Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria offers a number of services to community members, among them, free Wi-Fi. We’ve put together a list of all the places on post you can get free internet.   Tower Barracks   Fitness Centers (Bldg. 170) Bowling Center (Bldg. 612) Java Café (Bldg. 612)…

October 3rd, 2018 News, Things You Didn't Know

How storms in Germany get their names

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — ‘Fabienne’ was the name of the last storm that swept across Germany in September 2018, but where do the names comes from?   The Australian Meteorologist Clement Wragge started to call storms by female names in the late 19th century. Later, he named them after unpopular…

October 3rd, 2018 Environmental, News, Things You Didn't Know

September highlights awareness of foodborne illnesses

By Kevin L. Robinson, DeCA public affairs specialist DeCA NEWS RELEASE   FORT LEE, Va. — Keeping foodborne illnesses at bay is a constant job, one shared by retailers and consumers alike, Defense Commissary Agency officials say.   “Commissaries inspect the product pipeline, from the farm to the supplier to the…

August 31st, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know

Artillery Accident of 1960: The deadliest event in the history of the Grafenwoehr Training Area

  Article originally published at https://www.army.mil/article/210297.   Germany. Grafenwoehr Training Area. September 2, 1960. Around 0900 hrs. Cloudy, as usual.   A platoon of U.S. Army Soldiers are pitching a tent. Some are even on each other’s shoulders (Soldiers don’t lug around ladders).   Suddenly, the shell comes ripping through, blasting…

August 24th, 2018 News, Things You Didn't Know

AFN Bavaria does more than play the latest songs

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The U.S Army Garrison Bavaria branch of American Forces Network provides U.S. radio news, information and entertainment programming to Active, Guard and Reserve service members, Department of Defense civilians and contract employees, and their families overseas, on board Navy and Coast Guard ships, and other authorized users…

August 14th, 2018 News, Questions, Things You Didn't Know

Bavarian law expands police rights

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Bavarian Parliament approved a new police law in May 2018 due to a new European Union Privacy Policy and a decision made by the Federal Constitutional Court.   All German federal states were required to revise the police laws in light of the privacy policy…

July 30th, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes, Things You Didn't Know