A community member’s guide to understanding FPCON

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army in Europe relies on four Force Protection Condition (FPCON) levels — A, B, C and D — or as the Army says, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta. The levels increase from lowest condition at Alpha to the highest and most protective at Delta.  …

Easter events, services at USAG Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Spring brings the promise of longer days, warmer weather and flowers to brighten the landscape. In Germany — and particularly southern Germany — pre-Lenten and Easter traditions abound.   Bavarian culture prepares for the Easter season with the pre-Lenten celebration of Fasching. The word Fasching dates back to…

Things you didn’t know: Easter traditions in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — When it comes to celebrations in Germany, colorfully decorated trees aren’t just for Christmas anymore.   Roughly four weeks before Easter — which falls on April 1, 2018 — handcrafted eggs dangle from the branches of birch trees, symbolizing new life and fertility, and towns, big and…

The Garmisch Community Library Presents: Oliver Pötzsch

by Katherine Livingstone   GARMISCH, Germany — It was a book reading. It was a puppet show. It was a concert. It was Oliver Pötzsch!   Once again, Bavarian author Oliver Pötzsch regaled the Garmisch community, with his smart blend of stories, music, and medieval show and tell. This year it…

OPINION: What I wish someone had told me before I moved to USAG Bavaria

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Moving to an amazing, culturally-diverse area as U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria involves a lot of planning and forethought.   As with any permanent change of station, or PCS, it’s imperative to keep your head high and remain optimistic.   But don’t be fooled: It won’t…

Grafenwoehr Exchange honoring Vietnam Veterans March 29

  AAFES news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In partnership with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service at Tower Barracks Main Exchange will honor all who served during the Vietnam War with free commemorative lapel pins marking the war’s 50th anniversary.…

Young lives, big stories contest celebrates military youth

    April is Month of the Military Child.   Month of the Military Child activities and events reaffirm the Army’s commitment to ensuring excellence in schools, childcare and youth services as well as providing a strong supportive environment where children can thrive.   USAG Bavaria celebrates the Month of…

3 reasons to go to the European Theater Transition Summit

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrisons Bavaria and Rheinland Pfalz are hosting European Theater Transition Summits March 26-27 and March 28-29.   Organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes Foundation, the events are focused on helping service members, veterans and military spouses build skills and…

College and Career Night at Vilseck High School March 26

  VILSEK, Germany — Pinpointing the right college and associated financial assistance just got a lot less stressful for students and parents living in the USAG Bavaria community.   The first annual “Vilseck High School College and Career Night” will be held Mon, March 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.…

March is Red Cross Month: How you can become a hero

  By Maureen Ragle, Field Office Coordinator   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — March is Red Cross Month and the USAG Bavaria Red Cross is giving you the tools to become a hero: Learn a lifesaving skill, become a volunteer or make a donation to #help1family on Giving Day – March 28.…

Improving financial stability strengthens Army readiness

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Financial instability and debt resulting in marital problems, loss of security clearance or even suicide degrade mission readiness.   But there are fixes.   “Soldiers’ top priority is to maintain their deployability,” said Command Sgt. Maj Mike Sutterfield, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria’s command sergeant major.  …