German and American civilian employees honored during the length of service award ceremony

    HOHENFELS, Germany — Fifty-nine German and American civilian awardees gathered with friends, colleagues and peers to be recognized for their outstanding years of service to the U.S. Army in a ceremony, here, May 17.   These garrison employees served anywhere from 10 to 50 years each and together…


9 German wedding traditions you should know

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Some wedding traditions in Germany and the U.S. are pretty similar, others are way different, funny or weird from the other perspective.   Most of the traditions are German-wide, but there are also some regional traditions. Porcelain breaking parties, bride kidnapping or ten-foot long cakes — don’t…

Assorted Alcoholic Beverage Drinks On White Background, red wine, white wine, champagne, whiskey, beer, cider

‘Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow’: April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

  by USAG Bavaria Army Substance Abuse Program   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Alcohol Awareness Month, currently sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, was established in 1987 in an effort to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcohol addiction by encouraging communities to reach out…

Grafenwoehr Exchange gives away collectible military brat patch April 6

  AAFES NEWS RELEASE   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is celebrating the resilience of military children with a collectible military brat patch in honor of the Month of the Military Child.   The Exchange has again partnered with Vanguard to create a limited-edition military…

‘Military Kids Can!’ art and essay contest runs April 1 to 30

  By Susan A. Merkner, U.S. Army Installation Management Command   JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Fort Sam Houston, Texas — Entries may be submitted April 1-30 for the 2019 Young Lives, BIG Stories contest sponsored by U.S. Army Installation Management Command Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.    The essay…

#BetterAtBavaria: How the largest overseas installation supports its community

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — If you follow U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria on social media, you can expect to see the tag #BetterAtBavaria more often.   So what does it mean?   #BetterAtBavaria is our way of telling both new and seasoned community members about the resources and services provided by…

How to PCS to Germany with Pets

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — So, you are getting ready to PCS to Germany, and you’re scared, excited, nervous or all of the above. You’ve already gathered your family’s information, but what about your pets?   This can add more stress to an already stressful situation. Below is a list of…

An easy guide to bulk trash disposal at USAG Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Bulk trash disposal is an ongoing question for many community members in the Tower and Rose Barracks areas of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria. Here is a general breakdown of what it is and when it occurs.   The Garrison semi-annually offers bulk items collections in the…

Motorcycle licensing at USAG Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Motorcycle season is right around the corner and U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria’s Safety Office wants you to be prepared to hit the asphalt.    “USAG Bavaria provides several motorcycle training options. These are mandatory for active duty in order to operate a motorcycle in Europe,” said…

New Bavaria Healthy Lunch Guide is here

  By U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Bavaria Public Affairs Office   VILSECK, Germany — Whether it is eating at your local food court, or shopping at your local commissary, there is always the opportunity to make your lunch eating habits a little bit healthier.   Medical Department Activity Bavaria…

DFAS explains civilian relocation tax changes

  By Mary Davis, USAG Rheinland-Pfalz Public Affairs   SEMBACH KASERNE, Germany — The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December 2017 made the majority of government civilian employee relocation entitlements taxable, causing some concern and confusion over what elements would be taxed.   The Defense Finance and Accounting…