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…

Summer safety: Kids and pets in cars

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Passing a bakery on a hot summer day to grab an iced latte is tempting for almost everyone. Parents to small kids especially understand the temptation to fuel up on caffeine to survive the rest of the day while their child snoozes peacefully in his or her…

Safety, security key to social media use

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — These days we can’t go a moment or move a step without immediate access to some form of social media, but that kind of access can also impact operational security.   If there is a single breach in security, it could cost lives. Practicing poor safety…

Designated Driver Program kicks off at USAG Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In the ongoing effort to reduce alcohol related incidents throughout the community, the Designated Driver Program was officially introduced July 9 at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria.   The Designated Driver Program is a campaign related to the Alcohol Incident Reduction Initiative and is organized by the…

Visit Brazil in the middle of Europe

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — For 51 weekends of the year, visitors to the small Franconian city of Coburg find what they might expect: a charming market square, an 800-year-old fortress and a gigantic historic palace, all surrounded by deep green forest.   But that 52nd weekend, visitors find something very…

Red Cross gives first-aid training to USAG Bavaria employees

  GARMISCH, Germany — The Bavarian Red Cross recently administered first-aid training to Local National employees of the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria – Garmisch Community.    The Garmisch Community safety manager, Andreas Tuerk, arranged and coordinated four classes over the course of two weeks to provide several opportunities to attend…

Travelers: Stay vigilant, stay safe

  By USAG Bavaria Antiterrorism Office   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — With summer in full swing, many families will set off on their summer vacations. While vacationing any time of the year, remember to be vigilant.   Increased travel, mass transit and large gatherings of personnel could present attractive targets of…

New TDY approval document at USAG Bavaria

USAG Bavaria Directorate of Resource Management news release   Effective July 1, 2018, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria will begin using a new form to approve Department of the Army civilian (DAC) TDY travel.   The new form is available at www.bavaria.army.mil/docs/TDY_Request_Form.pdf.   Since 2016, written approval of either the garrison…

July Fourth at Tower Barracks: What you need to know

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria will host Independence Day festivities at the Tower Barracks Parade Field July 4.   The BOSS Bike and Car Show kicks off the celebration at 10 a.m. for a full day of excitement and family fun for all, with fireworks scheduled to…

Col. Adam Boyd takes command of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Col. Adam J. Boyd assumed command of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria here at a ceremony June 27.   Lt. Col. Gregory Scrivens had been serving as the interim garrison commander since Col. Lance Varney relinquished command of the garrison last month.   The ceremony and passing…

Bavaria Health Initiative: What’s my next step?

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Do I need to start a fitness program? Do I just eat all the right foods? Or do I just simply hire a fitness guru to hold my hand and lead me in the right direction?   Let’s start with a fitness program, which is no more…