FFP2 masks now required for shopping and public transit in Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Individuals wanting to use off-post public transportation or retail stores in Bavaria will now be required to wear a medical-grade FFP2 mask, starting Jan. 18, 2021. Children under 15 years old are not required to wear this specific mask. However, children above the age of 6 are…

Eagle Scout service project brings Garmisch community together

GARMISCH, Germany — Nate Odom, a ninth grader at Munich International School, turned his Eagle Scout service project into reality with the help of volunteers from the Garmisch military community on Saturday, Nov. 21.   After moving to Garmisch with his parents in the summer of 2019, Odom joined Garmisch…

Santa, Nikolaus or Christkindl: Christmas traditions in Germany

By Johanna Lohwasser, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs Editor’s Note: While 2020’s COVID-19 environment changes a few of these traditions, such as St. Nikolaus not making in-person visits and canceled Christmas markets, the spirit of these customs continues on.   Germany’s original Christmas gift-bearer St. Nicholas — Sankt Nikolaus in German…

Amberg: A city full of rich history

AMBERG, Germany — Located only 30 minutes from Vilseck is the beautiful city of Amberg. It is full of rich history and locations ripe for exploration.   City tours are usually conducted by the Tourist-Information Center, but they are currently not available due to COVID-19. Instead, visit many of the…

USO Bavaria gives thanks to junior enlisted service members

Article by Sidney Sullivan and Julian Temblador / USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USO Bavaria conducted its fourth annual Thanks for Thanksgiving program on Saturday, Nov. 21. Throughout the morning, 360 bags — filled with everything needed for a traditional Thanksgiving meal — were distributed from the…

USAG Bavaria wins Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Award

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USAG Bavaria was presented the 2020 Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Award, via a Microsoft TEAMS ceremony on Oct. 21. The award recognizes smart ways to manage electricity and heating systems, as the team saved $1,280,000 this past year.   USAG Bavaria Energy Manager…

Grafenwoehr Exchange keeping community safe during holiday shopping

AAFES News Release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Holiday shopping will look and feel different in 2020 due to COVID-19. The Grafenwoehr Exchange is committed to ensuring shoppers have a safe, sanitized and secure shopping experience during the Black Friday and Saturday sales events, from Nov. 27 to 28, 2020.  …

USAG Bavaria recognizes civilian employees for a lifetime of service

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Twenty-six German and American civilian employees were honored by Col. Christopher Danbeck, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, at a Length of Service Ceremony on Nov. 18, 2020, at the USAG Bavaria Tower Barracks Headquarters.   “Despite all the changes and challenges on a regular basis, especially…

Ho-Ho-Ho: Military families can visit Santa virtually as Army & Air Force Exchange Service partners with JingleRing

AAFES News Release   DALLAS — Though COVID-19 might put some holiday events on hold, Santa Claus will still be making the rounds virtually with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and JingleRing.   JingleRing provides a platform for families to spend time with St. Nick in a contactless,…

Asian Hornets: A New Pest of Concern for Europe and the United States  

USDA News Release The Asian hornet, also known as the yellow-legged hornet (Vespa velutina), is a species of hornet indigenous to Southeast Asia. They are slightly smaller than the European hornets and are generally much darker brown or black with distinctive yellow legs. (Note: This insect is not to be…

USPS now accepting volunteer applications across USAG Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The process to apply as a United States Postal Service (USPS) volunteer just got easier. Using a Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) account, USAG Bavaria community members can now submit their application with a simple click of a button.   As the holiday season approaches amid COVID-19,…