Category Archives: 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

Bavarian elections explained

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — October 14 marks election day for the Bavarian legislative assembly.   Every five years, Bavaria’s parliament, the Landtag with its 180 members, is elected.   This guide tells you what you, as American neighbors to the German constituents, need to know to make sense of…

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

In a jam? How to find 24-hour pharmacies in Germany

In Germany, the pharmacy is called an Apotheke and can be identified by the large red A outside locations.   But not all pharmacies in Germany operate 24 hours. German pharmacies take turns operating throughout the night.     There is always at least one Apotheke open near you. Here’s how…

May 17th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes, Things You Didn't Know

Baseball brings spectators together in Germany

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The “Buchbinder Legionäre,” right now one of the biggest baseball organizations in Germany, have played at the Armin-Wolf-Baseball-Arena in Regensburg since 1998.      The arena is located in the east part of Regensburg and has a capacity of 2,500 spectators. They hosted the 2009 Baseball…

May 9th, 2018 News, Things You Didn't Know, Travel

Danke Mama: Celebrating Mother’s Day the German way

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The holiday honoring mothers is not just an American one. Mother’s Day has existed since as long ago as the Greek empire. Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world.   Modern Mother’s Day finds its roots in the U.S., when female activist Julia Ward Howe requested…

May 8th, 2018 News, Things You Didn't Know