Experience history with Grafenwoehr Water Tower tours

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria is now offering monthly tours of the historic Water Tower landmark on Tower Barracks.   The tours take place on the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. Current tour dates are listed at the end of this article.   Each…


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…

Large number of claimed exemptions leads to high tax bills

By Capt. Jennifer Bryer, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command   Many single Soldiers throughout Bavaria have claimed a large number of exemptions on their federal withholding forms causing them to owe a large debt to the IRS for failing to pay taxes during the year.   The tax centers…

KONTAKT Club’s president recognized by German officials for accomplishments

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The president of the KONTACT Club here was recognized March 4 by local and state officials for his accomplishments in promoting German-American friendship over the past 25 years.   The county commissioner of Neustadt County, Andreas Meier, presented the “Honorary Dedication of the Bavarian Minister…

Dublin on a budget in a day and a half

  DUBLIN — Thanks to a miraculous aligning of discount Ryan Air flights, sunny weather and an approved three-day pass, we booked a spontaneous trip to Dublin, Ireland.   If you’ve never thought about traveling there, you should consider. The country boasts food that is a contemporary blend of American,…

Things you didn’t know: German Bockbier…for monks, it’s what’s for dinner

  MUNICH — While I can’t pinpoint the origin of this story, it’s not going to stop me from telling it. And, according to numerous tourism sites and “legend,” it’s true. Promise.   The story goes something like this: In the early 16th century, Paulaner monks of the Neudeck ob…

Internet service interruptions at Graf, Vilseck March 15

  TKS news release   KAISERSLAUTERN, German — On Tuesday, March 15, TKS will implement a major network upgrade at the USAG Bavaria resulting in a temporary interruption of service between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Grafenwoehr and Vilseck installations.   During this timeframe, on-post residents at Grafenwoehr…

Health professionals focus on brain injury awareness

VILSECK, Germany — Symptoms associated with a brain injury are nothing to shrug off, according to medical experts with the Bavaria Health Command.   Each year, approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury.   “The brain is complex with several receptors and transmitters,” said Robert M. Lucania, Director…