Category Archives: 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

Navigating passports, birth certificates for children born abroad

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — New babies come with paperwork, and maybe more so when the parents are stationed overseas with the military.   According to the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Passport Office, overseas military bases are not considered U.S. soil, and thus children born to military personnel stationed overseas are…

July 25th, 2018 Legal Issues, News, Things You Didn't Know

Bavaria celebrates 100 years as a Free State

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In 1918, the November Revolution led to the overturn of the monarchy and the proclamation of the Free State of Bavaria, and now Bavaria is celebrating 100 years free.   Prior to the revolution, World War I had profoundly changed peoples’ lives. A shortage of supplies, the…

June 20th, 2018 News, Things You Didn't Know

A short guide to on-post key systems

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The on-post key systems are amazing technologies, but users should be aware of dying batteries. Please see the below infographic as a short guide to using your key system and how your U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Key Control Office supports you.

June 19th, 2018 Things You Didn't Know

Elias Peißner and Lola Montez: A man from Vilseck and his role in history

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In the 19th century, a woman caused a sensation in the kingdom of Bavaria and, along with a man from Vilseck, played a significant role in the revolution that ended the king’s reign.   Lola Montez, as she called herself, was a dancer, the mistress of…

June 11th, 2018 News, Things You Didn't Know

WIC Overseas lights the way for parents

  By Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs   RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (June 5, 2018) — Raising children can be a challenging task for new parents. With the Women, Infants, and Children Overseas program, parents can reach out for multiple facets of assistance and education in…

June 7th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know