USAG Bavaria PWOC kicks off season

  By Jamie Crawford, a volunteer with USAG Bavaria Religious Education Editor’s Note: Jamie Crawford is also a PWOC participant.   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Grafenwoehr Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) kicked off their fall Bible studies, on Sept. 3 at Netzaberg Chapel. The first congregation put special emphasis on…

Bavaria Community and Spouses’ Club distributes over $125,000 back to community

Bavaria Community and Spouses Club news release   The Bavaria Community and Spouses Club (BCSC) is pleased to announce that during the 2019-2020 board year, BCSC distributed $128,188 in Community Outreach Grants and Scholarships to the USAG Bavaria community. This is a record distribution total for the club in one…

Test your drinking IQ with this Summer Sense Campaign quiz

By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)   Having more hours of sunshine is a wonderful thing, but all that extra time can lead to a lot more drinking. Let’s take a moment to focus on the effects of drinking alcohol. Are you aware of your…

Vilseck High graduates amidst coronavirus pandemic

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Students from Vilseck High School graduated on June 6, 2020, with hopes for their future amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.    “I want to commend us for how optimistic, resilient and unwavering we all have been throughout this process,” said Vilseck High School Class President Hassanatou Balde.   Vilseck…

Second week of the Summer Sense Campaign shares recipes for the family

By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)   Looking for ways to have fun with the family? Try an old fashioned barbecue, as it can be done without a great deal of travel. You can also involve the kids in creating non-open flame dishes for the…

Summer Sense Campaign starts with COVID-19 precautions in mind

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) hosts its annual Summer Sense Campaign at USAG Bavaria; however, this time with a virtual nod to the COVID-19 restrictions.    The 2020 Summer Sense Campaign aims to further help reduce alcohol related incidents throughout the community. It does this by bringing…

COVID City Advisory Sign

New COVID-19 roadside advisories help assess risk when traveling off-post

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USAG Bavaria installed multiple new coronavirus-related signs at all installation entrances and exits, over the Memorial Day weekend.   These advisories are intended to help inform USAG Bavaria community members of continued COVID-19 precautions and reported levels of exposure to the virus, in the surrounding area.   INBOUND…

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to relax, beer gardens reopen with new rules

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — As COVID-19 restrictions begin to relax and spring brings better weather in Bavaria, beer gardens reopened across Germany.   A beer garden (taken from the German word, “Biergarten”) is an open-air space, where beer and food are served — typically at a communal table.    The idea…

USAG Bavaria MWR serves up socially distanced fun at the drive-in

By Susan Melnyk, Visual Information Specialist of USAG Bavaria MWR Photo Courtesy of Janeth Escajeda, Graphic Arts Designer of USAG Bavaria MWR, and Sgt. Grant Healy   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USAG Bavaria MWR offered their first drive-in movie experience on May 15 and 16, to an overwhelming community response.  …

Local students discuss their experiences with digital learning during COVID-19

    By Dr. Bill Hunter, Stella Martinelli of Grafenwoehr Elementary School, and Vivian Velez of Vilseck High School   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — When DoDEA Europe closed schools indefinitely due to COVID-19, many teachers, parents and students did not know what to expect. “It was like that one dream that…

Denim Day in Bavaria

by Kelly Thornborrow, USAG Bavaria SHARP Victim Advocate   April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and as part of this month of awareness, April 29 is Denim Day. 2020 marks the 21st year of Denim Day internationally.   A day for denim? You might be wondering why denim…