An easy guide to trash & recycling in Hohenfels

  HOHENFELS, Germany — Germany is one of the most successful countries in recycling the trash for the good of the environment. A major part of the success is the proper sorting of garbage. But the whole subject of recycling can be an overwhelming task for any newcomer to the…

The mayhem of Marrakesh

MARRAKESH, Morocco — Morocco is the heart of the Maghreb region in North Africa and Marrakesh is its dizzying pulse.   And that chaotic beat starts in the Jemaa el-Fnaa.   By day, the Jemaa el-Fnaa, or town square, allures travelers with snake charmers bewitching cobras with flute music, makeshift…

Things you didn’t know: Celebrating birthdays in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The melody is the same, but the words differ slightly. In Germany, “Happy birthday to you” changes to “Zum Geburtstag viel Glueck,” meaning, “Good luck on your birthday.”   And that luck must only come on the day of birth.   While Germans may not mind celebrating…

Services members, federal employees: Keep tracking the OPM data breach

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany—The two cyber breaches of Office of Personnel Management databases that came to light over the summer may no longer be front-page news, but for many people associated with the Department of Defense, the story is not over.   OPM’s director, Beth Cobert, posted a blog Oct. 1 outlining…

2CR Soldier plays on All Army, All Armed Forces softball teams

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – A Soldier with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment helped the Army win its fourth consecutive Armed Forces Softball Championship.   This year marked the fourth time that David L. Moore, a platoon sergeant with Echo Forward Support Troop, Regimental Engineer Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, made the All…

SOFA stamp a must before leaving Germany

 WIESBADEN, Germany – Many of us take trips to the United States and elsewhere at this time of year.   But don’t leave Germany without a valid Status of Forces Agreement stamp or card because you will need it when you come back to Germany.   German immigration officials report…

Families learn more from STEAM Night at Netzaberg Elementary School

Story written by, Kristy Shelly, Netzaberg Elementary School Librarian   NETZABERG, Germany — Imagine packing science, technology, engineering, art and math all in a single 2-hour event. Well, that’s just what Netzaberg Elementary School did Oct. 2 during STEAM night with 100 families and teachers.   The event, which will…

Ghostly encounters transpire close to Grafenwoehr

FREIHUNG, Germany — Whether it’s the boogeyman, Freddy Krueger or monsters under the bed, we all have something that makes the hair on the back of our neck stand up. Maybe it’s that moment when you see something out of the corner of your eye, turn and it’s gone; or…

Large items to throw out? Bulk item pick-up scheduled for Rose and Tower Barracks

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — For Soldiers and families living on Rose and Tower Barracks, now’s the chance to clear out those large items that are just taking up space.   As part of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria’s Fall Cleanup, bulk items will be picked up Thu, Nov. 19 at the housing…

Town hall notes: Refugee situation and USAG Bavaria housing

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Europe is experiencing the largest migration of refugees and internally displaced persons since World War II, leaving many here with questions and concerns: As a Soldier or family member, will I be affected? Why is this happening and how can I help?   Col. Mark Colbrook, commander…

Backcountry bliss in Germany

BERCHTESGADEN, Germany — We were a baker’s dozen; a motley crew of U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr civilian employees determined to tame the Alps.   For four days, we hiked, crawled, stumbled and traversed our way through the lush and sometimes stark scenery of Southern Germany, fueled solely by determination and…