Eligible veterans authorized installation access, Commissary and AAFES shopping privileges

  By Anna Morelock, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden   Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, certain veterans received access to Commissary and Exchange services.   Within Germany, due to international agreements with the German Federal Ministry of Finance, this access also requires veterans to register with the U.S. Army Customs Agency- Europe…


Grafenwoehr Exchange extends return policy during holiday season

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, or AAFES, is extending its return policy for items purchased between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 to give extra convenience to military shoppers this holiday season.   The Exchange’s standard policy allows returns anywhere from up to 15 to 90…

American Education Week at Tower & Rose Barracks Nov 14-18

  American Education Week will be celebrated in Grafenwoehr and Vilseck from Nov. 14-18. This year, Army Continuing Education System, or ACES, joins forces with educators nationwide to strengthen their resolve in providing quality education for Soldiers with the Army’s theme “Army Continuing Education- Investing in our Soldiers, Investing in the…

Garmisch students design boxes for Pumpkin Drop experiment

  GARMISCH — Garmisch Elementary and Middle School’s second annual Pumpkin Drop was held Oct. 27 in front of the school. Students, teachers and parents gathered to watch teams participate in the festive after-school engineering experiment.   Garmisch Elementary and Middle School, or GEMS, students joined together in groups, one…

Cuban cigar ban relaxed for US citizens overseas

  By Robert Szostek, U.S. European Command Customs Public Affairs   WIESBADEN, Germany – Persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction may now buy Cuban-origin merchandise, including alcohol and tobacco products, while in a third country for personal consumption.   These products may be consumed while in a third country or imported…

Exchange expands ‘Business to Business’ site for government purchase cardholders

AAFES news release   DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is making it easier than ever for Government Purchase Card (GPC) holders to procure office and facility supplies, military tactical gear and much more through its Business to Business Delivery Center at www.shopmyexchange.com/businessdelivery.   The Business Delivery…

Off-post car accident: What to do

  Editor’s note: This piece is based on the experiences and research of staff writer Rabia Coombs.   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — With 391,125 accidents in the state of Bavaria in 2015 alone, the question of what to do when involved in an off-post car accident should have been on my…

Top 5 reasons to use Military OneSource

  By Victoria Thompson, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany —  Living in the military is a unique experience, and many people need help adjusting. The DOD created Military OneSource, an online service and call center available 24-7, to help and answer any questions about military life.   Military OneSource…

Vilseck AJROTC defeats Lafayette AJROTC

  Story by Erik Anderson Ph.D., Shooters Technology LLC   VILSECK, Germany — Shooting their highest score of the season, Vilseck Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, or AJROTC, defeated Lafayette AJROTC 1458 to 1425 last week in the National Air Rifle League. Their third win in a row, Vilseck…

U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team wins five medals

  ERFURT, Germany — The U.S. Army Culinary Arts team (USACAT) started successfully into the 2016 Cooking Olympics, winning five medals in the Regional Cold Food Table category: Three gold medals in the culinary arts program, and one gold and one bronze medal in the pastry arts program.   “Hard…

‘Show Some Love’ through CFC-O now through Dec 2

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Serving overseas often provides a unique opportunity to see firsthand the hardships people face around the world such as poverty, lack of educational opportunities, limited access to medical care, and environmental exploitation.   The Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas (CFC-O) gives you the opportunity to change lives, both…