2018 Christmas Markets near USAG Bavaria

    By Johanna Lohwasser   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — While the seasons change and leaves start to fall, imagine Medieval castles illuminated by Christmas lights and small stalls offering everything from traditional food, candy and drinks to handmade local tree decorations, candles and hand-crafted wooden toys like vintage merry-go-rounds.  …

Large items to throw out? Bulk item pick-up scheduled for Rose and Tower Barracks

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — For Soldiers and families living on Rose and Tower Barracks, now’s the chance to clear out those large items that are just taking up space.   As part of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria’s Fall Cleanup, bulk items will be picked up Thu, Nov. 19 at the housing…

Town hall notes: Refugee situation and USAG Bavaria housing

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Europe is experiencing the largest migration of refugees and internally displaced persons since World War II, leaving many here with questions and concerns: As a Soldier or family member, will I be affected? Why is this happening and how can I help?   Col. Mark Colbrook, commander…

Backcountry bliss in Germany

BERCHTESGADEN, Germany — We were a baker’s dozen; a motley crew of U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr civilian employees determined to tame the Alps.   For four days, we hiked, crawled, stumbled and traversed our way through the lush and sometimes stark scenery of Southern Germany, fueled solely by determination and…

Things you didn’t know: Dining with Bavarians

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It is customary for many landlords and nearby residents to invite their new tenants and neighbors into their home for dinner. But if you’re new to the area, anticipate some slight differences.   Read ahead to enter this cultural experience well prepared and remember, glasses will be…

Flu shots, mist available at USAG Bavaria

  Bavaria Health Command press release   VILSECK, Germany – Coughing, sneezing, fever, aches… Flu season is here. It’s the time of year you can expect to notice more of these symptoms in your family, friends, or coworkers. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The flu vaccination is…

Commissaries at USAG Bavaria to offer in-store Wi-Fi

By Kevin L. Robinson,DeCA public affairs specialist   Note: To access a video related to this news release, go to https://youtu.be/G_-rESoN01Q   FORT LEE, Va. – The last phase of the Defense Commissary Agency’s in-store Wi-Fi rollout schedule begins Oct. 19 as the agency opens Internet access for patrons at…

Town hall Oct. 20 to discuss refugee situation

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A town hall will be held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, to update USAG Bavaria community members on the housing of refugees and asylum seekers in nearby cities.   Col. Mark Colbrook, commander of USAG Bavaria, will provide an overview and address any concerns. The town…

Local national union strike planned Oct. 19 near USAG Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — An official local national labor union strike set to begin during the morning hours Monday, Oct. 19, outside Tower Barracks may slow or stop traffic in and out of an installation gate and limit garrison services.   The strike could last one to eight hours. During this…

Keep banned foodstuffs out of US

WIESBADEN, Germany – Personnel shipping household goods to the USA should be careful when packing the contents of their kitchen, agriculture officials advise.   The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issues fines of $100 to $1,000 to first-time offenders who ignore the strict rules that apply to sending…

I’m a Service member at USAG Bavaria. How do I vote?

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Voting is your constitutional right, and it’s one of the rights you defend as a member of the U.S. military. You can have a voice in the electing process. If you don’t vote, you don’t have that voice.   Voting season is around the corner. What am…