A community member’s guide to understanding FPCON

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army in Europe relies on four Force Protection Condition (FPCON) levels — A, B, C and D — or as the Army says, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta. The levels increase from lowest condition at Alpha to the highest and most protective at Delta.  …

Installations enhancing ‘power-projection platforms’

  By David Vergun, Army News Service   WASHINGTON — Installations, including the buildings, utilities, security, and training areas, must modernize, be more efficient and better prepare Soldiers for combat, said the commander of Installation Management Command.   Lt. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl spoke during a recent Association of the…

Tricare changes: Overseas newborn enrollment requirements

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Effective this year, parents will need to follow new overseas Tricare enrollment requirements for their newborn or adopted children.   Newborns now have a 120-day grace period for healthcare coverage in Tricare when born at overseas duty stations. This grace period begins on the date…

Grafenwoehr Exchange supports readiness, resiliency

  AAFES NEWS RELEASE   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — As the Department of Defense shifts its focus to personnel readiness, Soldiers in U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria can count on the Army & Air Force Exchange Service to have their six.   At the Exchange and ShopMyExchange.com, Soldiers and their families can equip…

May Day: Witches will fly and pranks will rise

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Welcoming spring with bonfires and dances while banishing demons and evil spirits – this is how much of Germany celebrates witches night, or ‘Hexennacht,” April 30 every year.   On this night, the old legends say witches meet the devil at the sacred mountain Brocken before…

USAG Bavaria honors its Grafenwoehr, Vilseck volunteers

  VILSECK, Germany — There are 447 service members, family members, local nationals, youth, civilians and retirees who — from March 2017 to February 2018 — logged over 43 years’ worth of man-hours. Over 250 on-post organizations currently use their services. And in the past year alone, the total dollar…

Homegrown: Take advantage of fresh produce

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Spring has arrived in Bavaria and nature is coming back from hibernation. This also marks the beginning of gardening season, when seeds and young plants are brought out and tended to so they can produce a plentiful harvest.   The same is true for Tower and…

Functional fitness facility opens in Hohenfels

  HOHENFELS, Germany — To meet the demands of the community members, the new functional fitness gym officially opened its doors to all DOD ID cardholders 18 years and older.   The new facility, located at the Arena in Bldg. 47, is the result of an initiative started by a…

OPINION: Why I volunteer

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — From the onset of basic training, Soldiers are warned by their peers to avoid volunteering. The scary unknown detail looms ahead for any volunteers crazy enough to raise their hand.   Not taking that advice, I volunteered for a detail during basic that paid off in…

Take a Hike!

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Now is the perfect time to get outside. Whether you want to improve your fitness level or take a stroll with the family, below is a list of nature hikes to suit everyone.   Weissenstein Burgrine in Stienwald – Kalvarienbergstrasse 42, 95679 Waldersdorf. This hike is…

Europe’s first Service Culture Center opens with an eye on employee development

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany ─ U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria leadership and employees gathered here at Tower Barracks April 12 for the opening of the first Service Culture Center in Europe.   “Today’s opening marks the culmination of something that we’ve been thinking about for well over a year,” said Col. Lance…