Oktoberfest 2018 in Munich: A traveler’s guide

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 2018 Oktoberfest in Munich runs Sept. 22 through Oct. 7 and fest-goers can expect to see stringent security measures again, according to the official website.   The heightened security plans include a secured perimeter, a significant police presence with up to 450 security wardens on…

Recognizing and reporting suspicious activity at USAG Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — One of the most important roles you have as a member of our community is to report suspicious activity or behavior.   The two easiest ways to report suspicious activity or behavior:   Use the Army’s iSalute suspicious activity report. Submit a report online at https://www.inscom.army.mil/isalute.  …

AFN Bavaria does more than play the latest songs

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The U.S Army Garrison Bavaria branch of American Forces Network provides U.S. radio news, information and entertainment programming to Active, Guard and Reserve service members, Department of Defense civilians and contract employees, and their families overseas, on board Navy and Coast Guard ships, and other authorized users…

US Soldiers test skills during German proficiency, shooting events

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Approximately 130 U.S. Soldiers from more than 10 units at Tower and Rose Barracks participated in a German shooting event July 25 in order to achieve the German shooting badge, called the “Schützenschnur.”   Close to 40 of the same U.S. Soldiers also participated in various…

BCSC announces 2018-2019 grant application deadlines

Bavaria Community and Spouses’ Club News Release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Bavaria Community and Spouses’ Club is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 Community Outreach Grants deadlines.   During this club year, there will be two grants cycles.   The first application deadline will be Sept. 30 at midnight. Organizations…

Back-To-School event to prepare community for 2018-2019 year

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Parents can prepare for the 2018-2019 school year with a back-to-school celebration at the Tower Barracks Main Exchange Aug. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.   The celebration will assist parents and students of all ages as they get ready for the new school year…

Situational awareness saves lives

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Community involvement in antiterrorism awareness is one major key when it comes to the defensive element of our fight against terrorists or other potential threats.   The intent of the Antiterrorism Awareness Campaign, including August as Antiterrorism Awareness Month, is to instill and sustain heightened awareness and vigilance…

Community asked to assist birds during heat wave

  By Elaine Freeth, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The number of reports concerning juvenile birds falling from their nests due to the heat is rising, and bird conservation group Landesbund für Vogelschutz is requesting action from the community as rescue centers fill up fast.   Birds…

Antiterrorism: What is it and what are your resources?

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month. And now more than ever your vigilance is required to protect us and our mission.    Terrorism continues to be a growing threat, abroad and at home. The best protection that we have is our monitoring. Pay attention to your surroundings and…

Army Europe releases new child supervision regulation

  by Ruth Ploeger, Army Europe School Liaison Officer   SEMBACH, Germany — While many yearn for the days of kids running rampant through town with no worries for their safety, the world and our understanding of the cognitive abilities of children has changed.   Military installations are typically very…

OPINION: Chaplains provide and advise

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Chaplains are one the Army’s greatest assets, providing vital moral leadership and one-on-one counseling with confidentiality.   A week before I left the U.S. bound on a flight to Europe, I was stopped at a red light behind a late model sedan with a very unique…