Essay: Finding the light within myself

Editor’s Note: In September 2019, the Army Substance Abuse Program and USAG Bavaria Libraries presented an opportunity for community members to share their writing talents in support of Suicide Prevention Month. A panel of community members read the essays and choose the top three entries to be shared garrison-wide. Young’s essay…

Summer tips for safe outdoor exercise

By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It is no secret that maintaining excellent physical fitness and overall health is integral to being ready and prepared within the Army. But during a global pandemic, community members do not always have the option…

Staying safe when summer weather turns stormy

By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In Germany, storms can move in very quickly. In nearly a blink of an eye, Bavaria’s summer  sun can be replaced with rain and wind. Here are some simple steps that you can take to…

Grafenwoehr Exchange nourishes Warfighters’ children with healthy grab-and-go school meals

Army & Air Force Exchange Service News Release   Grafenwoehr, Germany – As the 2020-21 school year gets under way, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is committed to providing nutritious meals to Warfighters’ children in a safe, secure and sanitized environment.   Most of the Department of Defense…

Military spouse earns IMCOM award for videography support

  By Susan Melnyk, USAG Bavaria Family and MWR   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Military spouse Tanja Olsen was presented with the Friends of Recreation volunteer award by U.S. Army Installation Management Command, in late April 2020. Olsen was awarded for her commitment to promoting USAG Bavaria Family and Morale, Welfare…

USAG Bavaria families bring Vacation Bible School into their homes

  By Jamie Crawford and Sidney Sullivan GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — This year’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) program looked vastly different compared to previous years, due to COVID-19. But it went off without a hitch, as teams of skilled chaplains and religious education directors worked together to create a complete five…

Preventing outdoor hazards during the summer months

By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – People crave the sun, and there is so much of it during the summer months. But as we enjoy the longer days and comfortable nights, there are still hazards we need to be aware of…

Keeping your pets safe this summer

By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – It is not called the “dog days” of summer for nothing! The hot summer climate can present many issues for pets.   Heat can affect pets very quickly, so try to keep exposure to a…

USAG Bavaria students are back to school equipped with masks and hand sanitizers

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – USAG Bavaria schools reopened with strict COVID-19 protective measures on Monday, August 24. This comes after DoDEA put in place safety requirements and precautionary measures to ensure that students are protected to the greatest extent possible.   Kicking off the new school year, Col. Christopher Danbeck welcomed…

Safety tips for the road

By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Driving in the summer is just a matter of common sense. Arrive alive to your destination, have fun and come back safely. Be aware of these lifesaving tips, before you hit the road.   Make…

DoDEA-Europe town halls, orientations and resources for School Year 2020-21

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – The new school year starts on Monday, Aug. 24. Use these DoDEA-Europe focused town halls, orientation dates and resources to help prepare you and your family. For the latest updates, be sure to follow your school’s Facebook page and subscribe to the e-mail distribution lists.    …