MayDay MayDay: Witches will fly and pranks will rise

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Welcoming spring with bonfires and dances while banishing demons and evil spirits – this is how much of Germany celebrates witches night, or ‘Hexennacht,” April 30 every year.   On this night, the old legends say witches meet the devil at the sacred mountain Brocken before…

Finding InDependence

How a group of Army spouses are redefining life in the military

‘Online misconduct’ subject to UCMJ

By C. Todd Lopez, Army News Service WASHINGTON — If Soldiers were still unsure of what bad behavior looks like online, the Army clarified it for them in an “All Army Activities” message — commonly called an ALARACT — that went out force-wide last week.   Online misconduct, it says,…

Vilseck Health Clinic modernization & expansion

VILSECK, Germany — On March 25, 2013, a $34.7 million state-of-the-art Army Medical Home (Patient and Soldier Centered Medical Homes) clinic addition and alteration project was awarded.   This project will quadruple the size of United States Army Health Clinic Vilseck, consolidate offices and scattered health care services from 3…

Who’s C-Dub? Questions with an AFN DJ

You probably hear her voice every day during PT or on your way to work. She’s an AFN DJ, a volunteer, Army spouse, former pageant girl in Texas and Louisiana and a mother of two dogs. She’s Christy Whitaker (a.k.a. C-Dub on the radio waves) and she hails from Oklahoma.…

Bringing your pets back stateside

By Robert Szostek, U.S. Army Europe Customs   WIESBADEN, Germany – People moving stateside this summer may take most types of pets with them if they plan ahead. However, endangered species laws prevent people from taking some turtles, birds and reptiles to the United States.   “Dogs must be free…

German-American Volksfest: Everything you need to know

Bavaria, you’re invited to the 57th German-American Volksfest at Grafenwoehr’s Camp Kasserine July 31 Aug. 2.   How much does it cost? Entrance into the fest is free. Food, beverages and rides are available for sale.   What can I expect? This is Germany’s largest German-American Volksfest. There will be…

New Vilseck Health Clinic set to open Aug. 5

  VILSECK, Germany— Vilseck Health Clinic staff has been diligently preparing to move into their new state-of-the-art health clinic addition in Building 260, adjacent to the existing health clinic.   Vilseck Health Clinic’s doctors and staff have been participating in various training activities, drills, and orientation to familiarize them with…

Summer vigilance: 4 things you need to know

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Summer is heating up and more people are spending time outdoors. But community members are reminded to maintain appropriate force protection vigilance.   During this time of heightened awareness, Col. Mark Colbrook, commander of USAG Bavaria, encourages everyone to take extra steps in helping to provide for…

Soldiers weigh in on Army uniform changes

By Lora Strum   WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 15, 2015) — Soldiers should check their emails in the coming weeks for the chance to provide input on possible revisions to aspects of the Army uniform and wear policy.   Senior Army leaders, including Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel…