Category Archives: Things You Didn’t Know


Things you didn’t know: Easter traditions in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — When it comes to celebrations in Germany, colorfully decorated trees aren’t just for Christmas anymore.   Roughly four weeks before Easter — which falls on April 1, 2018 — handcrafted eggs dangle from the branches of birch trees, symbolizing new life and fertility, and towns, big and…

March 27th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know

How to ship alcohol in your government personal property move

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Over the course of two or three years in Europe, many Soldiers and military families find that building a modest alcohol collection — from regions famous for wine, for example — becomes a part of their experience abroad.   But what happens when it’s time…

October 26th, 2017 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Things You Didn't Know

Local trains explained

  By Jeremy S. Buddemeier, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Public Affairs   VILSECK, Germany – Living in Europe for the past four years, I’ve come to the realization that some cultural stereotypes exist because they’re true: Americans are loud in public and they really do love their cars.   And…

September 5th, 2017 News, Things You Didn't Know

History behind iron rings on Garmisch buildings

  By William John Reese, USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs   GARMISCH, Germany — Artillery Kaserne in Garmisch dates back to a groundbreaking ceremony September 25, 1935, when it was first established for the Wehrmacht.   Since then, the buildings have been extensively modified to install and upgrade offices, shops, and…

March 16th, 2017 News, Things You Didn't Know

Top 5 reasons to use Military OneSource

  By Victoria Thompson, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany —  Living in the military is a unique experience, and many people need help adjusting. The DOD created Military OneSource, an online service and call center available 24-7, to help and answer any questions about military life.   Military OneSource…

October 31st, 2016 Things You Didn't Know

How to get your vehicle inspected for registration at USAG Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Before you can register your vehicle at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, it has to pass a safety inspection. But while you have to use the Vehicle Registration office on post, for the inspection you have the option of using on-post or off-post service providers.   You can…

May 26th, 2016 News, Things You Didn't Know

How to get AFN television at home off-post

  How can I get AFN television at my home? We asked the professionals, and here’s what they said.   If base cable is not available to you the viewer, then you can receive AFN via satellite if you have the required equipment. AFN does not charge for programming, and…

May 9th, 2016 Things You Didn't Know

The commissary surcharge explained

Defense Commissary Agency news release   FORT LEE, Va. – The commissary surcharge – the 5 percent added to every customer’s bill – is not a tax. That’s just one of several facts about the surcharge that even some of the savviest commissary customers are sometimes surprised to learn.  …

April 26th, 2016 News, Things You Didn't Know

Things you didn’t know: Maypoles in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Flowers have started to bloom, the sun has finally (yes, finally) peeked out from behind the winter clouds and the sound of chirping birds fills the air. Yes, spring is in the air, summer is following closely behind, and in Germany, the first of May is a…

April 13th, 2016 Things You Didn't Know

Things you didn’t know: April Fools’ Day in Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — If stereotypes were true, Germans wouldn’t have a sense of humor. Fortunately, those of us living in Bavaria know that’s false.   Case in point: April Fools’ Day, or Aprilscherz in German.   The Germans have a long tradition of joking on a personal and even national…

March 29th, 2016 Things You Didn't Know