USAG Bavaria recognizes, awards community volunteers

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — April is National Volunteer Month. To celebrate, Army Community Service teams recently recognized local volunteers at ceremonies across U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria.   Last year, 376 volunteers were registered within the USAG Bavaria footprint — which includes Tower Barracks, Rose Barracks, Hohenfels and Garmsich. Furthermore, these volunteers…

Walter Brunner: Questions with a German-American KONTAKT Club guru

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — If you are interested in host nation culture, people and events, then the German-American KONTAKT Club is the perfect place to mingle with local nationals.   The KONTAKT club was founded in 1969 by U.S. Army Europe and the German Federal Ministry of Youth, Family, Woman…

Contract specialist by day, movie actor by night

By Rachel Clark, 409th CSB   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Joe East, a contract specialist with the Regional Contracting Office Bavaria, recently had the opportunity to flex his acting muscles for an upcoming movie.   East was selected for a featured role in the movie “The 5th Wave,” which hits theaters…

Register now for April 9 Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run

Grafenwoehr Family & MWR news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USAG Bavaria and 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command will host the 4th Annual Grafenwoehr Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run April 9.   Service members, civilians and family members in Europe are challenged to participate in a hardcore cross-country obstacle run…

Netzaberg students, Bavaria’s only competitors in Germany’s Special Olympics

  By Margaret Ballinger, Netzaberg Elementary School third-grade teacher   NETZABERG, Germany — Two students from Netzaberg Elementary School participated in Germany’s Special Olympics Dec. 4in Kaiserlauten.   Students William (Billy) Clark and Nina Ray both won first place and the gold medal for their age group (11-12 years old).…

Grafenwoehr Commissary now offers in-store Wi-Fi

DeCA news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Grafenwoehr Commissary, is now offering in-store Wi-Fi access for patrons which began on Monday, 4th January 2016.   Through its Commissary Patron Internet Mobile System, or CPIMS, the Defense Commissary Agency opened customer Wi-Fi access initially in all stateside commissaries and now…

7th Army JMTC Legal Assistance Offices: What we do

By Spc. Devyn Neta, 7th Army JMTC   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 7th Army JMTC Legal Assistance Offices are available to offer a variety of legal services to our Soldiers, their families, and DoD civilians.   Both the Tower Barracks Legal Assistance Office and the Rose Barracks Legal Assistance Office…

Off-post gov’t-leased housing residents asked to submit meter readings

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The USAG Bavaria Housing Office needs your help in conducting its annual utility meter readings for government leased housing.   The utility meters of all government leased housing are required to be read each year to determine the actual usage of electricity, gas, water and district…

USAG Bavaria spouses, dependents can apply for AER scholarship Jan.-May 1

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Army Emergency Relief is accepting scholarship applications for the 2016-2017 academic year from Jan. 1, 2016, through May 1, 2016, at 3 p.m. EDT.   Army Emergency Relief maintains two scholarship programs — the Spouse Education Assistance Program and the MG James Ursano Scholarship Program for dependent…

Military Police at USAG Bavaria learn CPR

Story by Staff Sgt. Christina Turnipseed   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Soldiers from the 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th MP Brigade completed the Heartsaver training program, a nationally recognized Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator usage program, Dec. 4 in Grafenwoehr, Germany.   The Bavaria Directorate of Emergency Services and the…

Smart mailers avoid duty on gifts sent stateside

  By Robert Szostek, U.S. Army Customs Agency – Europe Public Affairs   WIESBADEN, Germany – U.S. law imposes a tax on imported foreign goods called duty. For U.S. personnel overseas, that means gifts sent to the States may be subject to this tax.   Foreign-made gifts are allowed duty-free…