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…

Preventing drunk and drugged driving

By Carly-Jayne Waters with USAG Bavaria’s Army Substance Abuse Program   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany ­— The holiday season can be a wonderful time of year. As COVID-19 safety regulations permit, community members gather to enjoy the change in scenery, cold weather, hot chocolate and warm fires. Under normal circumstances, the season is…

Dunkin’ Donuts brings a piece of home to Tower Barracks

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany ­— Dunkin’ Donuts opened their second store within the USAG Bavaria footprint on Friday, Oct. 30. Garrison commander, Col. Christopher R. Danbeck, cut the ceremonial ribbon during the grand opening inside the Tower Barracks Exchange mall, as Exchange employees and customers watched in excitement.  Dunkin’ Donuts employees made over…

Fang-tastic movie ideas for a Halloween at the house

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — With Halloween just days away and traditional door-to-door festivities cancelled due to COVID-19, one of the alternatives deemed low risk by the Center for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) includes enjoying a Halloween themed movie night with your family. If you are struggling for ideas, listed below are…

Military students overseas to receive free school meals

AAFES News Release   DALLAS – Beginning Nov. 2, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service in conjunction with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), will be serving free meals to all students enrolled at DoDEA schools overseas that are operated by one of the…

Soldiers take part in spooktacular pumpkin carving contest

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program hosted a first-time event of pumpkin carving and painting at the Bavaria Arts and Crafts Center, last Friday on Oct. 16, 2020. Participating Soldiers carved and painted pumpkins, while wearing masks, sanitizing hands and working at properly distanced workstations.…

German traditions similar to Halloween

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Halloween is gaining popularity in Germany, with many local nationals celebrating it in the same fashion as those living in the United States. But before Halloween, Germans long celebrated a similar holiday in April, called Hexennacht.   Halloween was introduced to Germany in the 1990s, according to…

African swine fever – don’t bring it home

African swine fever (ASF) is a virus that affects both domestic and wild pigs. It spreads very quickly and kills most pigs that get it. ASF has never been found in the United States. Humans cannot get ASF, but they can carry it on clothing, shoes, and equipment. An outbreak in the United…

Tower Barracks Army Lodging team receives excellence award

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USAG Bavaria Garrison Commander, Col. Christoper R. Danbeck, presented the Customer Service of Excellence Award to the the Tower Barracks Army Lodging team, on Oct. 8, 2020.   The award was presented at the Tower Barracks Army Lodging facility, located on-post Grafenwoehr. The lodging team was awarded…

Service Credit Union gives $20,000 back to USAG Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In celebration of being awarded 2019 Army Distinguished Credit Union of the Year, USAG Bavaria Service Credit Union (SCU) management made a generous contribution back to the community on Wednesday, Oct. 7. SCU Vice President of Overseas Operations, Philip R. von Streicher,  presented a check to garrison…

Practice fire extinguisher safety with USAG Bavaria’s Fire Department

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – During National Fire Prevention Week, the USAG Bavaria Fire Department invites community members to participate in fire extinguisher trainings. This year, the campaign runs from Oct. 4 to Oct. 10, 2020.   At these trainings, participants learn about fire safety and practice using a fire extinguisher under…