Remember, celebrate, act: The life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Every January, the Department of Defense honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   This year U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria paid tribute to Dr. King with a themed celebration titled “Remember, Celebrate, Act – A day on, not a day off,” Jan.…


709th Military Police Battalion welcome new NCOs at joint induction ceremony

  HOHENFELS, Germany – Soldiers from the 709th  Military Police Battalion and the U.S. Army Health Clinic in Hohenfels, crossed the threshold from Soldiers to Noncommissioned Officers during an NCO Induction Ceremony Nov. 20 at the Hohenfels Theater.   Twenty-eight Soldiers from the U.S. Army accepted their new duties and responsibilities…

Santa, Nikolaus or Christkindl: Christmas traditions in Germany

By Johanna Lohwasser, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   Germany’s original Christmas gift-bearer St. Nicholas — Sankt Nikolaus in German — makes his tour through town a few weeks earlier in Germany than in America. This isn’t because Santa’s schedule is just too busy to cover the groundwork before Dec. 25.…

USAG Bavaria opening hours during National Day of Mourning Dec. 5

  U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria services will operate under federal holiday hours Wed, Dec. 5, in observance of the National Day of Mourning.   The following services will be affected.  Follow USAG Bavaria’s Facebook page and website for updates.   DoDEA Schools will be closed.   AAFES and DECA Commissaries…

41st Field Artillery Brigade returns to Germany

  By Ms. Lacey Justinger (USAREUR) GRAFENWOEHR, Germany (Nov. 30, 2018) — The 41st Field Artillery Brigade uncased its colors in an activation ceremony that was combined with an assumption of command and responsibility for the unit, here, today.   With a history dating back 100 years, crossing oceans and…

Small community, big thanksgiving

  By Chaplain (Major) Don Williamson, USAG Bavaria-Garmisch Chaplain GARMISCH, Germany – There are many wonderful benefits to living and working in a small military community. People greet you as you walk down the street. All the baggers and cashiers know you by name in the Commissary. The post master passes…

Army spouse shares her art through thriving home-based business

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Megan Thoele, a military spouse, enjoys creating ornaments, vinyl labels, water color paintings, and so much more.   When her family got stationed in Fort Lee, Virginia, Thoele turned her hobby into a home-base business (HBB) named Joyful Lily Studio.   Thoele built Joyful Lily from…

What you need to know when traveling in Europe

  A message from the Directorate of Emergency Services, USAG Bavaria   Here are a few reminders from the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Directorate of Emergency Services regarding what you need to know and carry with you when you travel around Europe.   Military members and their families here in…

History, culture and 60 years of Elvis

  By Moneé Luckey, USAG Stuttgart   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany–Situated between the main street and the town center in Grafenwöehr is a quaint side street featuring the Culture and Military History Museum. This is the only museum in Bavaria with an exhibition about Germans and Americans living together from 1945 to…

Garmisch CYS all-in-one facility grand opening

      GARMISCH, Germany — The Garmisch Child and Youth Service (CYS) all-in-one facility opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony, here, Nov 16.   Community members and Garmisch Child Development Center (CDC) children gathered outside the facility to witness the ribbon cutting.   “The all-in-one facility enables us to…

Moving expenses now taxable for civilian employees

  By 21st Theater Sustainment Command Legal Office   The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed December 2017, eliminated a number of deductions that taxpayers have come to rely on. One of these was the moving expense deduction.   The act eliminated the deduction for the tax year 2018 through…