USO Bavaria gives thanks to junior enlisted service members

Article by Sidney Sullivan and Julian Temblador / USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USO Bavaria conducted its fourth annual Thanks for Thanksgiving program on Saturday, Nov. 21. Throughout the morning, 360 bags — filled with everything needed for a traditional Thanksgiving meal — were distributed from the…

ACS recognizes community volunteers in honor of 55 years of service

By Katie L. Glover with USAG Bavaria Army Community Service   VILSECK, Germany — On July 24, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria’s Army Community Service (ACS), observes its 55th birthday by celebrating volunteer service in the community.   ACS is providing birthday refreshments, including cupcakes and ice cream, community resource materials…

Too much heat can wreak havoc on your system

By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It’s officially summer in Bavaria! While these farmlands still receive occasional rain showers, the clouds do not always ward off heat. And when the sun does peak through, the temperature tends to get hot. Besides making…

Barbecue tips to prevent burnt food and property

By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Who doesn’t love hamburgers, steaks and vegetable skewers hot off the grill? Add some tasty side dishes and the day is perfect. Keep your barbecue fun and accident free, by being knowledgeable of the dangers that…

Stay water safe with these tips

By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Water activities are a great way to stay cool this summer, especially as area lockdown restrictions begin to ease. But before you take the plunge, brush up on these water related safety tips that could…

USAG Bavaria hosts change of command ceremony

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria change of command ceremony opened with a proper Bavarian send-off on July 10, provided by the Black Powder Shooters of Volsbach. During the ceremony, Col. Adam J. Boyd relinquished command of USAG Bavaria to incoming Col. Christopher R. Danbeck.   While COVID-19…

Learn about bird rehabilitation at LBV Oberpfalz

By Christa Rolls with USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   Landesbund für Vogelschutz in der Oberpfalz (LBV) is a non-profit organization in Bavaria that specializes in bird rehabilitation and wildlife education. Local rehabilitation centers are important to combating the anthropogenic effects on wildlife, while simultaneously providing an opportunity to educate the…

Red Cross Offers Ways to Stay Safe As You Look Ahead to Fun this Summer

American Red Cross News Release VILSECK, Germany —Summer is just ahead—the perfect time of the year to enjoy the outdoors. But this year summer fun will be different due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The American Red Cross, Vilseck Complex offers safety tips you can follow.   If your community…

USAG Bavaria USPS streamlines outbound shipping processes

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany ⁠— The United States Postal Service (USPS) found new processes to safeguard its customers and employees as the COVID-19 pandemic changes the way the world does business, according to USAG Bavaria USPS postmaster Jaye Bakalars.   “We weren’t prepared for a pandemic,” Bakalars, said. “I’m very proud of…

Exchange shoppers generate $1.59 million for USAG Bavaria community

AAFES News Release   Grafenwoehr, Germany – Soldiers, retirees, Veterans and military families know it pays to shop their Exchange. In 2019, authorized Grafenwoehr Exchange shoppers generated $1.59 million of critical support for military Quality-of-Life programs in the form of earnings-based dividends.   The dividends help fund Quality-of-Life programs at…

Firework facts to keep safe this summer

By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 4th of July is just around the corner, so let’s talk firework safety.    If you are interested in watching fireworks, the best viewing experience is a public show put on by experts. This year…