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…

Oak Processionary Moth caterpillars in an oak tree located on Rose Barracks (Photo by Phillip Glaab, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division)

Community reminded to report, maintain distance from Oak Processionary Moth caterpillars

  By Elaine Freeth, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria authorities request community members to report any nest findings of Oak Processional Moth caterpillars and keep their distance from the locations.   The Oak Processionary Moth (Thaumetopoea processionea), or Eichenprozessionsspinner in German, is a…

AFN gets rights to air 2018 World Cup

  By George A. Smith, AFN Broadcast Center   The American military serving overseas will get to watch the most watched sporting event in the world, soccer’s World Cup, on American Forces Network (AFN) Television starting June 14.   “The most frequently asked question for more than a month was…

Summer, sun & beaches: A guide to Germany’s sandy jewels

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Tired of traveling to tourist hot spots like Italy, Spain or Greece? Then spend your summer vacation at Germany’s finest beaches.   Wait … Germany has beaches?   While the south of Germany is known for its medieval towns and romantic lake fronts, Germany’s north offers some…

WIC Overseas lights the way for parents

  By Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs   RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (June 5, 2018) — Raising children can be a challenging task for new parents. With the Women, Infants, and Children Overseas program, parents can reach out for multiple facets of assistance and education in…

FPCON for dummies

  By Jerry Hollo, USAG Bavaria Antiterrorism Officer   Many people have heard of FPCONs but what do they really mean and how do they affect us?    Force Protection Conditions, or FPCONs, establish the baseline security posture for U.S. military bases.   Currently, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria is at…

Four USAG Bavaria Soldiers retire, two remain in Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria honored Soldiers for their service and career at the quarterly retirement ceremony here May 30.     The interim USAG Bavaria Garrison Commander, Lt. Col. Gregory C. Scrivens, thanked the retirees for their accomplishments and sacrifices made in service to the country…

Bavarian elections explained

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — October 14 marks election day for the Bavarian legislative assembly.   Every five years, Bavaria’s parliament, the Landtag with its 180 members, is elected.   This guide tells you what you, as American neighbors to the German constituents, need to know to make sense of…

USAG Bavaria releases Find-It Guide, garrison’s print installation guide and phonebook

      GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison officially released copies of its new print installation guide and phonebook at a launch party here May 31.   Over 30,000 copies of the Find-It Guide were delivered across all USAG Bavaria, including its camps  and installations at Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Hohenfels…

Summer Sense Campaign begins at USAG Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — During the summer months, the Army Substance Abuse Program hosts its annual awareness campaign to help further reduce alcohol related incidents throughout the community.   The Summer Sense Campaign informs community members about the dangers of alcohol abuse while strengthening their awareness about the importance of…

Hector Camacho Jr. visits troops in USAG Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — During the week prior to Memorial Day, boxing phenom and former champion Hector Camacho Jr. visited U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria to honor troops and participate in the fourth annual Memorial Day “Run to Honor” hosted by 2nd Cavalry Regiment.   Hector Camacho Jr., 39, a five-time…