An easy guide to trash & recycling in Hohenfels

  HOHENFELS, Germany — Germany is one of the most successful countries in recycling the trash for the good of the environment. A major part of the success is the proper sorting of garbage. But the whole subject of recycling can be an overwhelming task for any newcomer to the…

What to do when you hit a deer in Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It’s not uncommon in this part of Germany to spot a deer at dusk or dawn. And if you hit one with your automobile either on- or off-post, there are certain steps you should take.   Vehicles collide with wild animals on a German roads over…

The German grocery store won’t take my credit card. Now what?

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It’s embarrassing, but it happens. You shop groceries at an off-post grocery store here in Germany. You unload all your groceries at the register and pull out your American credit card. But then, the cashier gives you a blank stare and customers behind you grow impatient. You…

For the Soldiers, by the Soldiers: 15th Eng. Bn. completes initial construction of ‘Overwatch’ Park

By 2nd Lt. Crutchfield, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Army engineers here completed initial construction of what is soon to be Overwatch Park: a combination of memorials and historical vehicles and equipment positioned adjacent Memorial Park in Grafenwoehr.   First Platoon of the 902nd Engineer Company —…

Preparedness requires putting action in place

Story by Tom Janis, USAG Bavaria Emergency Manager   Preparedness requires putting action in place, not just a passing thought about putting together a go-kit with some food and water supplies.   The World Trade Center Evacuation study in 2012 assessed the Emergency Preparedness Safety of those who evacuated the…

Free online military spouse wellness summit Oct. 19-23

FORT RILEY, Kansas — InDependent and The Army Wife Network launch registration sign-ups for the first ever online Military Spouse Wellness Summit: Invest in Yourself 2015 sponsored by The USAA Educational Foundation.   The free online summit takes place during the week of Oct. 19-23, with a bonus day on…

National Preparedness Month: Make a plan today

Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today. September is National Preparedness Month.   Being “ready” is not just a process or a checklist of things to do, but an approach to a whole concept way of conducting deliberate planning and preparation to allow you and others the greatest opportunity…

U.S. Army Europe extends benefits to Same-Sex Spouses in Germany

Effective Sept. 9, 2015, U.S. Army Europe is authorized to issue Status of Forces Agreement credentials and command sponsorship authorizations to eligible same-sex spouses assigned to or on orders to Germany.   Military and civilian personnel in same-sex marriages are now authorized to receive the same overseas benefits, entitlements and…

New emergency services tool for military families

Washington D.C. — The American Red Cross is launching a new digital tool that gives military families the option to quickly communicate an emergency message from a computer, tablet or smartphone at redcross.org/HeroCareNetwork.   This secure and free service will also let users track the progress of an emergency message…

Books: USAG Bavaria Librarian’s Top Ten Picks

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Situated on Saratoga Avenue, the library on Tower Barracks is a cozy place for Soldiers and family members to escape from daily routines, study new topics, read — or watch — their favorite stories, and participate in events, such as book clubs and yard sales.   The…

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…