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…

USAG Bavaria recognizes S 3/5 employee for excellent service to the Garmisch community

GARMISCH, Germany — The U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Garmisch community recognized Harold A. Zarecki for his excellent service to the local military community. In a small ceremony on Feb. 10, 2022, Zarecki was presented the Army Professional of the Year – Level II award for 2021 by Michael Daniels, deputy…

Things you didn’t know: Easter traditions in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — When it comes to celebrations in Germany, colorfully decorated trees are not just for the Christmas season.   Roughly four weeks before Easter, which falls on April 17, 2022, handcrafted eggs dangle from the branches of birch trees — symbolizing new life and fertility. Towns of all…

Feb. 17 is the application deadline for the annual Scholarships for Military Children program

DeCA News Release   FORT LEE, Va. – The Feb. 17 deadline to apply to the Scholarships for Military Children program, administered by the nonprofit Fisher House Foundation, is quickly approaching.   A total of 500 scholarship grants, each for $2,000, will be awarded for the 2022-23 school year with…

Armed Services Blood Program hosts its annual Grafenwoehr Blood Drive

Written by Brea DuBose, PR and Publicity Lead with American Red Cross Bavaria   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Armed Services Blood Program traveled from Landstuhl, Germany, to conduct a two-day mission-essential blood drive at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria’s Tower View Conference Center on Feb. 7 – 8. Stacy Sanning, a…

Translation: New ordinance on infection protection measures from Feb. 9, 2022

Editor’s Note: Currently, the official translation is being worked by the Bavaria Legal Office. Once it is available, it will be posted to the 7th Army Training Command COVID-19 Portal: https://www.7atc.army.mil/COVID-19/ Bavarian State Chancellery Press Release   MUNICH — On Feb. 8, the Bavarian State Government announced changes to the current Corona…

With tax center services limited, USAG Bavaria provides other options

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect the 2022 Filing Season.   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Europe and Africa will not offer face-to-face tax preparation and filing services this year, due to fiscal constraints and manning shortages. But there are free online services available to active-duty service…

Exchange partners with H&R Block offering tax preparation service

AAFES News Release   The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is taking the stress and worry out of filing taxes by teaming with H&R Block to provide tax preparation services to military members and their families at a 10% discount at select locations worldwide and online. In addition to…

USO celebrates its 81st birthday and reopening of USO Grafenwoehr

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USO Grafenwoehr reopened its doors with a brand new look on Feb. 4, just in time to celebrate the USO’s 81st birthday. In cooperation with U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria leadership, the Directorate of Public Works, tenant units and local contractors, USO Grafenwoehr worked tirelessly to remodel its…

USAG Bavaria doubles down on water, energy conservation efforts

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria pivoted into 2022 with a more dedicated focus on energy and water conservation around its installations. This shift in priority comes after Army Materiel Command hosted its first-ever Energy and Utilities Summit on Dec. 15-16, 2021, at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.    During the…

AER allocates grants for USAG Bavaria Soldiers transitioning with CSP

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Soldiers, who are transitioning from the military into the civilian workforce, may be granted up to $1,500 towards the U.S. Army’s Career Skills Program. This support was made newly possible as of December 2021, when Army Emergency Relief allocated $3 million in grants…