Oktoberfest 2018 in Munich: A traveler’s guide

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 2018 Oktoberfest in Munich runs Sept. 22 through Oct. 7 and fest-goers can expect to see stringent security measures again, according to the official website.   The heightened security plans include a secured perimeter, a significant police presence with up to 450 security wardens on…

Hohenfels Soldier earns environmental award

    HOHENFELS, Germany — A Soldier from Hohenfels has received the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Environmental Officer of the Year award for fiscal year 2015 at the USAG Bavaria Environmental Quality Control Counsel.   Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul A. Moreno, Battalion Maintenance Technician for the 1st Battalion, 4th…

InDependent launches Milspo’s Guide to Self-care

  InDependent news release   FORT RILEY, Kansas —InDependent launched a new online program for military spouses called MilSpo’s Guide to Self-Care.   The free online program will occur monthly from January through September 2016, with each month featuring experts who will present health and wellness content as it relates…

Walter Brunner: Questions with a German-American KONTAKT Club guru

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — If you are interested in host nation culture, people and events, then the German-American KONTAKT Club is the perfect place to mingle with local nationals.   The KONTAKT club was founded in 1969 by U.S. Army Europe and the German Federal Ministry of Youth, Family, Woman…

Contract specialist by day, movie actor by night

By Rachel Clark, 409th CSB   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Joe East, a contract specialist with the Regional Contracting Office Bavaria, recently had the opportunity to flex his acting muscles for an upcoming movie.   East was selected for a featured role in the movie “The 5th Wave,” which hits theaters…

Register now for April 9 Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run

Grafenwoehr Family & MWR news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USAG Bavaria and 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command will host the 4th Annual Grafenwoehr Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run April 9.   Service members, civilians and family members in Europe are challenged to participate in a hardcore cross-country obstacle run…

Netzaberg students, Bavaria’s only competitors in Germany’s Special Olympics

  By Margaret Ballinger, Netzaberg Elementary School third-grade teacher   NETZABERG, Germany — Two students from Netzaberg Elementary School participated in Germany’s Special Olympics Dec. 4in Kaiserlauten.   Students William (Billy) Clark and Nina Ray both won first place and the gold medal for their age group (11-12 years old).…

Grafenwoehr Commissary now offers in-store Wi-Fi

DeCA news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Grafenwoehr Commissary, is now offering in-store Wi-Fi access for patrons which began on Monday, 4th January 2016.   Through its Commissary Patron Internet Mobile System, or CPIMS, the Defense Commissary Agency opened customer Wi-Fi access initially in all stateside commissaries and now…

7th Army JMTC Legal Assistance Offices: What we do

By Spc. Devyn Neta, 7th Army JMTC   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 7th Army JMTC Legal Assistance Offices are available to offer a variety of legal services to our Soldiers, their families, and DoD civilians.   Both the Tower Barracks Legal Assistance Office and the Rose Barracks Legal Assistance Office…

Off-post gov’t-leased housing residents asked to submit meter readings

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The USAG Bavaria Housing Office needs your help in conducting its annual utility meter readings for government leased housing.   The utility meters of all government leased housing are required to be read each year to determine the actual usage of electricity, gas, water and district…

USAG Bavaria spouses, dependents can apply for AER scholarship Jan.-May 1

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Army Emergency Relief is accepting scholarship applications for the 2016-2017 academic year from Jan. 1, 2016, through May 1, 2016, at 3 p.m. EDT.   Army Emergency Relief maintains two scholarship programs — the Spouse Education Assistance Program and the MG James Ursano Scholarship Program for dependent…