Category Archives: Things You Didn’t Know


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

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

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

How to PCS to Germany with Pets

  GRAFENWOEHR Germany — So, you are getting ready to PCS to Germany, and you’re scared, excited, nervous or all of the above. You’ve already gathered your family’s information, but what about your pets?   This can add more stress to an already stressful situation. As a military wife and…

October 2nd, 2017 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

Official and tourist passports: Why the difference matters

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A small, tightly-wound book with pages primed for international stamps and the promise of adventure, the passport is perhaps the single most important object for smooth and lawful travel across borders.   Two types of passports are important for DOD personnel and families stationed in Germany:…

January 3rd, 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