Town halls, home visits to address housing concerns

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In light of recent reports highlighting deficient living conditions in some privatized military housing in the U.S., leadership with 7th Army Training Command and U.S. Army Garrisons at Ansbach and Bavaria host town halls to address community concerns at Army housing.   The town halls — which…


Things you didn’t know: Sundays in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The term “lazy Sunday” originated well before Andy Samberg decided to rap about it on Saturday Night Live, but living abroad will bring a heightened awareness to the fitting phrase.   Here in Germany, Sundays are sacred. Shops are closed and the hustle and bustle of town…

Best move possible: Informed advice for PCSing service members

    Rob WielandSmall, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command   The U.S. Army’s Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command provides oversight to nearly half a million personal property moves and seventy-thousand privately owned vehicle shipments for service members, federal employees and their family members. About half of those moves…

March Madness: Reading season at Netzaberg Elementary School

  Kristy Shelly, Netzaberg Elementary School Librarian and Information Specialist   NETZABERG, Germany — When I was eight years old, my elementary school hosted a spring read-a-thon, something schools do to promote reading and recognize Dr. Seuss, whose birthday falls in March. I remember taking my one-paged pledge sheet from neighbor…

Grafenwoehr day trip: A wild animal park & palace

By Alexis Tucker   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Have you ever seen a majestic deer up close? Would you like to feed dozens of them in an open field as a palace sits in the background? You can do just that at the Wild Park at Schloss Tambach any day between…

Environmental Division hosts ‘Experience Spring’ contest

  USAG Bavaria Environmental Office news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — This spring, USAG Bavaria’s environmental division is hosting a contest providing children a fun way to learn more about local plants and animals.   From March 15 – May 24, children ages three to 12 can participate in the “Experience…

How to submit feedback, complaints at commissary

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Defense Commissary Agency, or DeCA, which manages commissary stores on military installations around the world, handles customer feedback internally and does not use the DOD Interactive Customer Evaluation system known as ICE.   Commissary shoppers can submit comments — praise, criticism or otherwise — both…

Bavaria Health Command goes tobacco-free

  By Kristen Schabert, Bavaria Health Command   VILSECK, Germany — Beginning this spring, Bavaria Health Command and its clinics will become Tobacco Free Medical Campuses. No smoking or tobacco use will be permitted on the clinic grounds, which extends to the parking lots and surrounding areas of each clinic…

‘Read Across America’ at Grafenwoehr Elementary School

  By Vivian Velez and Tyra Potts in Dr. Hunter’s Fifth Grade Class at Grafenwoehr Elementary School   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — On Wednesday, March 2, the students of Grafenwoehr Elementary School joined other schools across the United States in celebrating Read Across America Day.   Read Across America is an…

Marine Corps recruiting visit at Vilseck High School March 21

Marine Corps Recruiting Station Portsmouth, New Hampshire news release   The U.S. Marines will have a recruiting station set-up at the Vilseck High School March 21 for students interested in joining.   For the period of March 13 – 21, the commanding officer and senior recruiter-instructor of Marine Corps Recruiting…

Clearance issues in an unclassified environment

  USAG Bavaria Security Office news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany—There seems to be a lot of confusion, questions and vague policy guidance when it comes to clearance revocations and denials.   One issue that comes up frequently is the concern over whether losing a security clearance or being denied a…