Eligible veterans authorized installation access, Commissary and AAFES shopping privileges

  By Anna Morelock, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden   Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, certain veterans received access to Commissary and Exchange services.   Within Germany, due to international agreements with the German Federal Ministry of Finance, this access also requires veterans to register with the U.S. Army Customs Agency- Europe…


2019 Christmas Markets near USAG Bavaria

    By Johanna Lohwasser   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — While the seasons change and leaves start to fall, imagine Medieval castles illuminated by Christmas lights and small stalls offering everything from traditional food, candy and drinks to handmade local tree decorations, candles and hand-crafted wooden toys like vintage merry-go-rounds.  …

American Red Cross provides over 2,000 comfort kits to rotating Soldiers

  by Brea DuBose, American Red Cross Vilseck Complex Volunteer   VILSECK, Germany — The American Red Cross Vilseck chapter teamed up with their counterparts in Hohenfels to aid in providing over 2,000 comfort kits to Soldiers leaving from rotation in Hohenfels Sept. 27.   The operation began when Amy…

Family Advocacy Program focuses on increased prevention, service to the Bavaria community

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Family Advocacy Program is working hard to provide a vital service and create new programs for the community.   “Family Advocacy Program offers preventive-based services, not to be confused with the FAP Clinical team who works with law enforcement to provide…

Glühwein: What it is and how to make it

German Embassy Public Affairs Office, Washington   No German Christmas market is complete without “Glühwein,” the hot, spiced mulled wine that warms holiday merrymakers from the inside out as they stroll through these charming little villages of cloth and wood with family and friends.   “Glühwein,” which literally means “glowing…

Parkstein’s natural history draws visitors to learn about volcanoes, geology

  By Christa Rolls, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Much of the region around Grafenwoehr has beautiful rolling hills, making way to quaint villages, vast agricultural fields and dense forests.   Just northeast of the Grafenwoehr Training Area, however, is the extinct volcano of Parkstein, jutting out…

Status of Forces Agreement: Tax relief in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Supplementary agreement to the NATO Status of Forces Agreement affords some tax breaks to personnel under orders to be in Germany.    Department of Defense personnel stationed in or temporarily assigned to Europe may be eligible to use the U.S. Forces Tax-Relief Program to avoid paying…

Traffic delays possible in Grafenwoehr Training Area Oct. 29-31

RELEASE UPDATED OCT. 22, 2019   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Community members may experience traffic delays when traveling through the Grafenwoehr Training Area Oct. 29 to 31.   Vehicular traffic on Chancellorsville Road, Tank Road East and One Community Road will need to momentarily stop when troops participating in Dragoon Ready…

Soldier and Family Readiness Groups empower spouses, support a ready force

  By Katie L. Glover, USAG Bavaria Army Community Service   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — For spouses, volunteering in a military unit is a powerful tool for personal empowerment, networking, becoming part of the community and building interpersonal relationships within families.     Soldier and Family Readiness Groups support the commander in…

What to do when bad weather hits Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Inclement weather brought on by the autumn and winter months can deliver a blow to Bavaria and the surrounding area, affecting your decision to travel.   Garrison officials and street cleaning crews at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria installations at Garmisch, Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels and Vilseck will do everything…

Federal government’s 2019 charity campaign now open

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The annual workplace giving campaign within the U.S. military and federal government takes place now through Jan. 12, 2020.   There will be a CFC Kickoff Event and Key Worker Training following the Community Leader Information Forum on Nov. 12 at noon at the Tower View Conference…