928th CBN holds change of command ceremony

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Lt. Col.  Isaac M. Torres assumed command of the 928th Contracting Battalion–Germany from Lt. Col. Jerel R. Grimes at a ceremony here June 21.   The ceremony and passing of the command’s colors was presided over by Col.  Douglas S. Lowrey, 409th Contracting Brigade Commander, Kaiserslautern, Germany.…

Dublin on a budget in a day and a half

  DUBLIN — Thanks to a miraculous aligning of discount Ryan Air flights, sunny weather and an approved three-day pass, we booked a spontaneous trip to Dublin, Ireland.   If you’ve never thought about traveling there, you should consider. The country boasts food that is a contemporary blend of American,…

Everything you need to know about trash & recycling at Netzaberg

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Some questions and confusion about recycling and trash pick-up linger at the Netzaberg housing community.   Knowing where the recycling points are and how to properly sort materials is the first step to keeping Netzaberg beautiful.   What’s the problem?   Netzaberg community members can dispose…

Things you didn’t know: German Bockbier…for monks, it’s what’s for dinner

  MUNICH — While I can’t pinpoint the origin of this story, it’s not going to stop me from telling it. And, according to numerous tourism sites and “legend,” it’s true. Promise.   The story goes something like this: In the early 16th century, Paulaner monks of the Neudeck ob…

Internet service interruptions at Graf, Vilseck March 15

  TKS news release   KAISERSLAUTERN, German — On Tuesday, March 15, TKS will implement a major network upgrade at the USAG Bavaria resulting in a temporary interruption of service between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Grafenwoehr and Vilseck installations.   During this timeframe, on-post residents at Grafenwoehr…

Health professionals focus on brain injury awareness

VILSECK, Germany — Symptoms associated with a brain injury are nothing to shrug off, according to medical experts with the Bavaria Health Command.   Each year, approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury.   “The brain is complex with several receptors and transmitters,” said Robert M. Lucania, Director…

409th Contracting Support Brigade names top NCO for 2016

  By Rachel Clark, 409th CSB   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 409th Contracting Support Brigade has named its top non-commissioned officer of the year following a three-day competition in Grafenwoehr, Germany.   Staff Sgt. Kevin Brown, 928th Contracting Battalion, was named 409th CSB’s top NCO for 2016.   “This was…

Red Cross Month recognizes everyday heroes

  American Red Cross, Vilseck Complex news release   VILSECK, Germany — The American Red Cross is recognizing the country’s everyday heroes during Red Cross Month this March.   “Our community is full of everyday heroes who help others in need,” said Kelly Clark, Field Office Coordinator for the Vilseck…

Understanding IMCOM’s Voluntary Placement Program

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army agency that handles the day-to-day operations of all of the Army’s installations is giving its current employees an opportunity to volunteer for career-broadening assignments within the command before considering outside applicants.   Installation Management Command’s Voluntary Placement Program, or IVPP, gives first consideration to…

3 reasons to go to the Transition Summit

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany—USAG Bavaria is hosting a Transition Summit March 7-8. Organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes Foundation and U.S. Army’s Soldier for Life initiative, the event is focused on helping transitioning service members, veterans and their spouses build skills and connections that will lead to…

How NCOs can change a climate and strengthen a squad

  By Staff Sgt. Alfred Hames, 15th Engineer Battalion   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Noncommissioned officers have always led from the front, but a new grass-roots initiative empowers them to effect change across the spectrum. Not in My Squad, or NIMS, is an assessment begun in October 2015 by Sgt. Maj.…