Oktoberfest 2018 in Munich: A traveler’s guide

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 2018 Oktoberfest in Munich runs Sept. 22 through Oct. 7 and fest-goers can expect to see stringent security measures again, according to the official website.   The heightened security plans include a secured perimeter, a significant police presence with up to 450 security wardens on…

New policy gives Soldiers direct access to AER

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia – Army Emergency Relief announced a policy change that will allow all Soldiers, regardless of rank, direct access to AER.   This new policy, however, does not affect Soldiers in Basic Training, AIT and Soldiers with less than one year time in service.   In addition, AER financial…

Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Todd: New CSM at USAG Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria welcomed its new senior enlisted leader during a change of responsibility ceremony here Sept. 8.   Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Dillingham, outgoing command sergeant major of USAG Bavaria, relinquished his responsibilities of the garrison to Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Todd.   Todd previously…

Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Dillingham: Questions with an outgoing CSM

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey R. Dillingham has served as U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria’s command sergeant major since Feb. 5, 2014. He shifts responsibilities to incoming command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Todd, at a ceremony here Sept. 8, 2015.   A native of Elkton, Kentucky, Dillingham…

U.S. Army ice hockey in Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Moving to a new city is always a challenge. Packing, unpacking, and then trying to find a hockey league. You have to see where the league is at, what level you can play at, and if a local team has a spot for you. You might be…

Things you didn’t know: German fairy tales charm and enchant

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Americans owe Germany for some of our most beloved fairy tales.   “Snow White,” “Rapunzel,” “Cinderella,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Rumpelstiltskin” and “Sleeping Beauty” all come from Germany’s famed fairy tale scribes, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.   While these are the most renowned tales in the Brothers Grimm…

Mother and daughter duo in Graf: same rank, same uniform

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It’s not every day you find two young women in vastly different life situations embark on an adventure together in a predominantly male organization. Rarer still, is when a mother with a prolific professional background in international security and her daughter, a recent high school graduate,…

Dining like a local is as easy as eins, zwei, drei

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Dining in Deutschland can be a rich and cultural experience and feasting on traditional Bavarian cuisine while sampling the local brew can enhance that experience. Eating like a local is one thing, but learning how to dine like a local can take some getting used to. Learn…

‘Green Classroom’ to open at Rose Barracks

VILSECK, Germany — The Environmental Division here is an active force within the community. Recently, environmentalists and scientists within the division constructed what they’ve dubbed the Green Classroom, an outdoor habitat and virtual classroom in Vilseck situated near the Rose Barracks library.   Basically, it’s a leisure area for the…

What is an insider threat and how do I identify one?

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — An insider threat is a malicious threat to an organization that comes from a person or people within the organization.   Insider threats can include employees, former employees, contractors or business associates.   Insider threats typically have inside information concerning the organization’s security practices and data and…

How to view more than 350 magazines for free

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Did you know you can access nearly 350 of your favorite magazines here and around the world? Magazines like Forbes, GQ, National Geographic, Vanity Fair and Vogue are available at your library. And it’s free.   Last year, U.S. Army garrison libraries in Europe modernized their magazine…