Soldiers collect toys for host nation children at GTA march

By Sgt. Brea DuBose, Broadcaster with AFN Bavaria   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Across U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, organizations teamed up to deliver holiday cheer by conducting the annual Operation Toy Drop and Delivery event on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Soldiers and their families gathered community-donated toys in boxes at the Bunker…

A guide to German federal elections

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The German federal election is the country’s most important election, and the next polling date is Sept. 26, 2021.   The federal election is held every four years, and it is used to elect the new members of the Bundestag (German Federal Parliament). State and local government…

Weisswurstfrühstueck: Everything to know about Bavaria’s traditional white sausage

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — One of the most anticipated meals in southern Germany is the “Weisswurstfruehstueck,” or white sausage breakfast. Eating Weisswurst, or white sausage, is one of the many traditions a person can partake in when coming to Bavaria. But why do Germans eat it, and what is the right…

Apprenticeship season kicks off with 3 new trainees

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Three host nation school graduates were welcomed and on-boarded to the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria apprenticeship program, on Sept. 1. An apprenticeship in the German system allows interns to obtain on-the-job training while also attending a vocational school. This dual learning system dates back to the 19th…

COLA survey available through September 2021

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Service members are getting a chance to help shape their Overseas Cost of Living Allowance payments. The Department of Defense is asking service members, who are assigned to Germany for at least three months, to participate in a Living Pattern Survey. This survey is managed through the…

Translation: New ordinance on infection protection measures from Sept. 2, 2021

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 — Incidence will be replaced by hospital traffic lights as an…

USAG Bavaria community enjoys celebratory USO Sun & Fun

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria community members celebrated the end of summer and return to school at the USO Grafenwoehr Sun & Fun program, hosted on Aug. 28 at the Tower Barracks Wild B.O.A.R. Outdoor Recreation Complex.   Preregistered participants enjoyed a barbeque, cake cutting, games, prizes, inflatables,…

7 USAG Bavaria fire fighters assist German flooding recovery mission

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Seven fire fighters employed with U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria provided volunteer support and humanitarian aid to the city of Altenahr, from July 24 to 28. The Rheinland-Pfalz area experienced catastrophic flooding in July, which resulted in village-wide property damages and citizen death.   When Rheinland-Pfalz leadership reached…

USAG Bavaria brings back boxing tournaments

VILSECK, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria’s Family and MWR program hosted a night of action-packed bouts, during its USAG Bavaria Boxing Invitational Championship on Aug. 14. With 36 competing service members representing installations across Germany, several rounds came down to the wire at the Rose Barracks Memorial Fitness Center.…

Garmisch POV Inspection moving to renovated facility

  GARMISCH, Germany — The Garmisch Maintenance and POV Inspection facility was turned over to the 405th Army Field Support Brigade with an official ceremony, on Aug. 10. Together, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria leadership, staff and contractors gathered outside the facility to witness the ribbon cutting.   During the ceremony,…

9 German wedding traditions you should know

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Some wedding traditions in Germany and the U.S. are pretty similar, others are way different, funny or weird from the other perspective.   Most of the traditions are German-wide, but there are also some regional traditions. Porcelain breaking parties, bride kidnapping or ten-foot long cakes — don’t…