#BetterAtBavaria: How the largest overseas installation supports its community

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — If you follow U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria on social media, you can expect to see the tag #BetterAtBavaria more often.   So what does it mean?   #BetterAtBavaria is our way of telling both new and seasoned community members about the resources and services provided by…


Exchange offers fresh flowers in time for Valentine’s Day

  AAFES news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany —  Love is in the air! The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is helping Soliders and their families shower their loved ones with fresh flowers, gifts and candy for less this Valentine’s Day.   Sweethearts can find everything they need in Express…

Changes to vehicle registration in Germany

    By Sgt. Dani Debehets, U.S. Army Europe   WIESBADEN, Germany — U.S. Army Europe Registrar of Motor Vehicles recently announced changes to the vehicle registration process in Germany.   Effective Jan. 11, there is no longer a requirement to annually register vehicles more than 10 years old. Now all…

Dress up, have fun: It’s Fasching

  Fasching, as it’s known in Bavaria, is crazy and a fun time to be in Germany. Fasching is also known as Karneval or Fastnacht in other parts of Germany. It officially kicked off the Karneval season Nov. 11 at 11:11 a.m. with pre-Lenten festivities.   During Germany’s carnival season,…

Army enacts new parental leave policy

  By Gary Sheftick, Army News Service   FORT MEADE, Md. — The Army has doubled the amount of parental leave available to fathers and other secondary caregivers of newborn infants with a policy that also provides more leave flexibility for mothers.   Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper…

Your PCS Guide to USAG Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Time to arrange a yard sale, dig up some sturdy cardboard boxes and begin organizing important paperwork. You’re making a military move across the Atlantic.   Congratulations on receiving orders to Germany! Living in Europe is exciting. And here at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, we have…

Community members explore through “Get Into Nature!” hikes

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Some members of the United States Army Garrison Bavaria community may feel like there is nothing fun to do nearby, but lucky for them the USAG Bavaria Environmental Division offers free, monthly hikes located off post around the Grafenwoehr and Vilseck area.   Elaine Freeth, an…

Tips for parents: Talk to your child about social media

StopBullying.gov news release   Parents create trust with children by initiating open, honest discussions. These dialogues are an opportunity to communicate values and expectations about your family’s appropriate digital behavior, including viewing or sharing content, and apps they can and cannot use.   Check in frequently with your children about their…

Primary Care behavioral health screenings to change at USAG Bavaria clinics

  Ms. Ashley Patoka (Regional Health Command Europe)   SEMBACH, Germany — Army military treatment facilities across Europe will soon see a change in the way behavioral health screenings are completed at primary care appointments.   The Behavioral Health Data Portal is an enterprise-wide web-application that enables standardized data collection…

Exchange’s BE FIT helps Soldiers keep ready and resilient

  AAFES news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is supporting BE FIT resolutions with health and wellness offerings for Soldiers, retirees and their families at the Grafenwoehr Exchange.   The Exchange has a long-standing history of supporting the wellness of Soldiers and their…

Official and tourist passports: Why the difference matters

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A small, tightly-wound book with pages primed for international stamps and the promise of adventure, the passport is perhaps the single most important object for smooth and lawful travel across borders.   Two types of passports are important for DOD personnel and families stationed in Germany:…