FFP2 masks now required for shopping and public transit in Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Individuals wanting to use off-post public transportation or retail stores in Bavaria will now be required to wear a medical-grade FFP2 mask, starting Jan. 18, 2021. Children under 15 years old are not required to wear this specific mask. However, children above the age of 6 are…

Grafenwoehr Exchange nourishes Warfighters’ children with healthy grab-and-go school meals

Army & Air Force Exchange Service News Release   Grafenwoehr, Germany – As the 2020-21 school year gets under way, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is committed to providing nutritious meals to Warfighters’ children in a safe, secure and sanitized environment.   Most of the Department of Defense…

Military spouse earns IMCOM award for videography support

  By Susan Melnyk, USAG Bavaria Family and MWR   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Military spouse Tanja Olsen was presented with the Friends of Recreation volunteer award by U.S. Army Installation Management Command, in late April 2020. Olsen was awarded for her commitment to promoting USAG Bavaria Family and Morale, Welfare…

USAG Bavaria families bring Vacation Bible School into their homes

  By Jamie Crawford and Sidney Sullivan GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — This year’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) program looked vastly different compared to previous years, due to COVID-19. But it went off without a hitch, as teams of skilled chaplains and religious education directors worked together to create a complete five…

Preventing outdoor hazards during the summer months

By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – People crave the sun, and there is so much of it during the summer months. But as we enjoy the longer days and comfortable nights, there are still hazards we need to be aware of…

Keeping your pets safe this summer

By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – It is not called the “dog days” of summer for nothing! The hot summer climate can present many issues for pets.   Heat can affect pets very quickly, so try to keep exposure to a…

USAG Bavaria students are back to school equipped with masks and hand sanitizers

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – USAG Bavaria schools reopened with strict COVID-19 protective measures on Monday, August 24. This comes after DoDEA put in place safety requirements and precautionary measures to ensure that students are protected to the greatest extent possible.   Kicking off the new school year, Col. Christopher Danbeck welcomed…

Safety tips for the road

By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Driving in the summer is just a matter of common sense. Arrive alive to your destination, have fun and come back safely. Be aware of these lifesaving tips, before you hit the road.   Make…

DoDEA-Europe town halls, orientations and resources for School Year 2020-21

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – The new school year starts on Monday, Aug. 24. Use these DoDEA-Europe focused town halls, orientation dates and resources to help prepare you and your family. For the latest updates, be sure to follow your school’s Facebook page and subscribe to the e-mail distribution lists.    …

Beat the heat with these family fun activities

By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Is you family experiencing a lull in their summer fun? Check out these ideas aimed to beat the heat. Enjoy the remaining warm days ahead, as these activities will bring out the kid within all…

2020 Christmas Markets near USAG Bavaria

EDITORS NOTE: This article will be updated as soon as USAG Bavaria receives more information about approved Christmas markets in the area. Please note that if local governments approve local Christmas markets, they may look different this year due to COVID-19. By Johanna Lohwasser     GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — While…