Category Archives: Environmental


How DPW keeps roads clear in winter

  By Tom Janis, USAG Bavaria Emergency Manager   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Driving in Germany is particularly challenging with the speeds and the amount of traffic on the roadways.   Add winter conditions and the road conditions will deteriorate quickly with rain, ice and snow.   A particular hazard of…

November 30th, 2017 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Rose Barracks Soldier earns Environmental Officer award

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A Soldier from Rose Barracks received the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Environmental Officer of the Year award for fiscal year 2017 at a recent USAG Bavaria Environmental Quality Control Counsel.   Sgt. Beau Murray, senior wheel mechanic, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, was recognized for…

November 29th, 2017 Environmental, News

Clear clutter, bulk trash during Fall Cleanup

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Service members, civilians and their families living on-post Tower and Rose Barracks can purge their homes of bulky, hazardous and autumn yard waste in the USAG Bavaria community cleanup effort Nov. 13 – 17, 2017.   What is Fall Cleanup?   Every year, as the trees…

October 26th, 2017 Environmental, News

Detecting lead at USAG Bavaria: A Community member’s reference guide

  BAVARIA — Recent problems with lead at Army housing in the U.S. renewed interest and procedures for testing for lead in water and paint here at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria.   An article posted by Reuters Aug. 16, 2018, noted the incidence of elevated blood lead levels in children…

October 10th, 2017 Commander Talk, Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes, School News

How new recycling program at Neustadt affects you

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Neustadt an der Waldnaab, the county which oversees Grafenwoehr, Netzaberg and Eschenbach, rolls out a biodegradable recycling program this October requiring residents to separate and recycle plant-based kitchen waste.   The new program is the next in a series of other county-specific biodegradable recycling policies designed…

September 26th, 2017 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News

Dangerous caterpillars discovered at Grafenwoehr Training Area

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A potentially dangerous caterpillar species was recently discovered by garrison cleanup crews in heavily forested areas of the Grafenwoehr Training Area, according to reports from the public works division.   Following the devastating August storm that blew through Vilseck and much of the surrounding training grounds,…

September 7th, 2017 Environmental, News

What to do when wildlife shares your home

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Wildlife is fun to watch in its natural habitat, but the fun quickly disappears when wild animals decide to share your home with you.   Potential home visitors – or in some cases, invaders – like wasps, hornets, bats and birds are protected by law in…

August 23rd, 2017 Environmental

Discover a beautiful nature trail just outside of Vilseck

  VILSECK, Germany — Tucked away in the woods between Freihung and Vilseck is a family hiking gem called the Beaver Nature Trail, or Biberlehrpfad.   This 1.8 mile long trail is a mix of gravel road and hiking path, leading you through verdant forests, open fields and wetlands before…

July 18th, 2017 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, Travel

USAG Bavaria 2017 spring clean-up guidance

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Spring has sprung and the garrison is asking all Soldiers, family members and civilians to join forces to beautify and improve the appearance of the USAG Bavaria community during a joint spring cleanup effort.   Spring clean-up for Tower Barracks is scheduled for April 24-28,…

March 30th, 2017 CSM Talk, Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News

USAG Bavaria wins Secretary of the Army Environmental Award

  By Christine Fox and Corina Habermann, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The U.S. Army recently announced U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria as winner of Environmental Quality in the overseas category for their annual Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards.   USAG Bavaria will now compete with the…

March 13th, 2017 Environmental, News