USDA: Bird Flu Outbreak in Europe

USDA News Release Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus is a highly infectious disease affecting wild and domestic birds. The disease can be devastating for domestic poultry. Unlike most other bird diseases, this virus has also infected mammals, including cats, pigs, and is potentially infectious for humans. However, the virus remains…

Grafenwoehr Elementary takes environmental learning out of the classroom

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Two classes of fourth grade students met up with representatives from the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Environmental Division at Wild B.O.A.R. Outdoor Recreation for a day of hands-on learning about the environment of the Grafenwoehr Training Area.   “We went on a nature walk [where] we saw…

Exchange Veteran’s Day Limited-Edition Challenge Coin

AAFES News Release GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Army and Air Force Exchange wants to salute the selfless service of all who have worn our Nation’s uniform with a limited-edition challenge coin. Coins will be given out on Nov. 11 at the following Exchange locations: Tower…

Eco-friendly ways to deal with winter weather

By Megan McKnight with USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Ice and snow produce special sets of environmental challenges. How you decide to deal with these winter inconveniences impacts the ecosystem.   Salt, debris, dirt and other pollutants accumulate in snow and ice. As the accumulation melts, the…

Preventing drunk and drugged driving

By Carly-Jayne Waters with USAG Bavaria’s Army Substance Abuse Program   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany ­— The holiday season can be a wonderful time of year. As COVID-19 safety regulations permit, community members gather to enjoy the change in scenery, cold weather, hot chocolate and warm fires. Under normal circumstances, the season is…

Dunkin’ Donuts brings a piece of home to Tower Barracks

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany ­— Dunkin’ Donuts opened their second store within the USAG Bavaria footprint on Friday, Oct. 30. Garrison commander, Col. Christopher R. Danbeck, cut the ceremonial ribbon during the grand opening inside the Tower Barracks Exchange mall, as Exchange employees and customers watched in excitement.  Dunkin’ Donuts employees made over…

Fang-tastic movie ideas for a Halloween at the house

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — With Halloween just days away and traditional door-to-door festivities cancelled due to COVID-19, one of the alternatives deemed low risk by the Center for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) includes enjoying a Halloween themed movie night with your family. If you are struggling for ideas, listed below are…

Military students overseas to receive free school meals

AAFES News Release   DALLAS – Beginning Nov. 2, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service in conjunction with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), will be serving free meals to all students enrolled at DoDEA schools overseas that are operated by one of the…

Soldiers take part in spooktacular pumpkin carving contest

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program hosted a first-time event of pumpkin carving and painting at the Bavaria Arts and Crafts Center, last Friday on Oct. 16, 2020. Participating Soldiers carved and painted pumpkins, while wearing masks, sanitizing hands and working at properly distanced workstations.…

German traditions similar to Halloween

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Halloween is gaining popularity in Germany, with many local nationals celebrating it in the same fashion as those living in the United States. But before Halloween, Germans long celebrated a similar holiday in April, called Hexennacht.   Halloween was introduced to Germany in the 1990s, according to…

African swine fever – don’t bring it home

African swine fever (ASF) is a virus that affects both domestic and wild pigs. It spreads very quickly and kills most pigs that get it. ASF has never been found in the United States. Humans cannot get ASF, but they can carry it on clothing, shoes, and equipment. An outbreak in the United…