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Prepare for a safe summer by being alcohol aware

By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army Substance Abuse Program provides resources to community members so everyone can make smart decisions regarding alcohol consumption. Check out tips the program has for responsibly consuming, and avoiding, alcoholic beverages this summer.  …

ACS modernizes online volunteer service tool

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USAG Bavaria volunteers can take advantage of the new Volunteer Management Information System starting on Monday, Jan. 11. The volunteer information that was previously found on Army OneSource will soon be available through Army Family Web Portal VMIS.   “We heard your feedback!” said Nicole Heller, Soldier…

Three Kings’ Day marks the end of Christmas

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Three Kings’ Day, otherwise known as Dreikoenigstag or Epiphany Day, is observed on Jan. 6 annually. This holiday marks both the end of Christmas and the start of the new year. Since it is recognized as a public holiday in Bavaria, expect stores to be closed.  …

USAG Bavaria contributes to Combined Federal Campaign

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USAG Bavaria federal employees and military service members have until Jan. 15, 2021, to make a Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas donation. Pledges made during the campaign season will support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world. This year’s CFC them is “Show…

Movie ideas to help inspire Christmas spirit

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Christmas is just days away, and with tighter COVID-19 restrictions imposed until Jan. 10, 2021, most traditional holiday activities are not being observed this year. However, one safe activity that you can always enjoy, either alone or with family, is a Christmas themed movie.   Christmas movies…

USAG Bavaria revamps vehicle service webpages

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USAG Bavaria made improvements to its vehicle service webpages earlier this week to eliminate customer confusion. Community members will find that services involving vehicle inspection, registration and driver’s license issuance are now hosted on separate webpages.    “When combined, the old pages confused personnel,” says Richard Camacho, deputy director with USAG Bavaria’s DES.…

Top 4 mistakes when making, attending vehicle registration appointments

By Directorate of Emergency Services   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Here are the Top 4 mistakes you want to avoid during your vehicle registration appointment.   1. Missing USAREUR Driver License/Insurance/Documents The most common mistakes are not having a USAREUR driver license, not having insurance within the system or not having…

Quarantined personnel can now request mail delivery

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USAG Bavaria post offices are now coordinating with sponsors of quarantined and isolated personnel to assist them with mail delivery. Starting immediately, affected personnel can begin the electronic authorization process.    “With Christmas two weeks away it is imperative to ensure we are getting these individuals and families their mail, specifically their parcels,” said…

Tenant Satisfaction Survey now underway

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army has begun its annual Tenant Satisfaction Survey to gather feedback about living in Army housing.   An online survey link was emailed Dec. 2, 2020, to more than 110,000 tenants living in privatized, government-owned and government-leased housing across the globe. Completing the survey takes about…

Eagle Scout service project brings Garmisch community together

GARMISCH, Germany — Nate Odom, a ninth grader at Munich International School, turned his Eagle Scout service project into reality with the help of volunteers from the Garmisch military community on Saturday, Nov. 21.   After moving to Garmisch with his parents in the summer of 2019, Odom joined Garmisch…

Santa, Nikolaus or Christkindl: Christmas traditions in Germany

By Johanna Lohwasser, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs Editor’s Note: While 2020’s COVID-19 environment changes a few of these traditions, such as St. Nikolaus not making in-person visits and canceled Christmas markets, the spirit of these customs continues on.   Germany’s original Christmas gift-bearer St. Nicholas — Sankt Nikolaus in German…