Category Archives: Health & Lifestyle


Grafenwoehr Exchange supports readiness, resiliency

  AAFES NEWS RELEASE   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — As the Department of Defense shifts its focus to personnel readiness, Soldiers in U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria can count on the Army & Air Force Exchange Service to have their six.   At the Exchange and ShopMyExchange.com, Soldiers and their families can equip…

April 24th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News

May Day: Witches will fly and pranks will rise

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Welcoming spring with bonfires and dances while banishing demons and evil spirits – this is how much of Germany celebrates witches night, or ‘Hexennacht,” April 30 every year.   On this night, the old legends say witches meet the devil at the sacred mountain Brocken before…

April 23rd, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News, Travel

USAG Bavaria honors its Grafenwoehr, Vilseck volunteers

  VILSECK, Germany — There are 447 service members, family members, local nationals, youth, civilians and retirees who — from March 2017 to February 2018 — logged over 43 years’ worth of man-hours. Over 250 on-post organizations currently use their services. And in the past year alone, the total dollar…

April 20th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News

Homegrown: Take advantage of fresh produce

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Spring has arrived in Bavaria and nature is coming back from hibernation. This also marks the beginning of gardening season, when seeds and young plants are brought out and tended to so they can produce a plentiful harvest.   The same is true for Tower and…

April 19th, 2018 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know

Functional fitness facility opens in Hohenfels

  HOHENFELS, Germany — To meet the demands of the community members, the new functional fitness gym officially opened its doors to all DOD ID cardholders 18 years and older.   The new facility, located at the Arena in Bldg. 47, is the result of an initiative started by a…

April 17th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News

Take a Hike!

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Now is the perfect time to get outside. Whether you want to improve your fitness level or take a stroll with the family, below is a list of nature hikes to suit everyone.   Weissenstein Burgrine in Stienwald – Kalvarienbergstrasse 42, 95679 Waldersdorf. This hike is…

April 15th, 2018 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Travel

Easter events, services at USAG Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Spring brings the promise of longer days, warmer weather and flowers to brighten the landscape. In Germany — and particularly southern Germany — pre-Lenten and Easter traditions abound.   Bavarian culture prepares for the Easter season with the pre-Lenten celebration of Fasching. The word Fasching dates back to…

March 27th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle

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

OPINION: What I wish someone had told me before I moved to USAG Bavaria

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Moving to an amazing, culturally-diverse area as U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria involves a lot of planning and forethought.   As with any permanent change of station, or PCS, it’s imperative to keep your head high and remain optimistic.   But don’t be fooled: It won’t…

March 20th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News

3 reasons to go to the European Theater Transition Summit

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrisons Bavaria and Rheinland Pfalz are hosting European Theater Transition Summits March 26-27 and March 28-29.   Organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes Foundation, the events are focused on helping service members, veterans and military spouses build skills and…

March 9th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News