Maintenance at gates may cause delays, detours Aug. 28-Sept. 10

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Annual gate barrier maintenance at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria may cause some delays and detours at installations at Tower Barracks, Netzaberg Village Center, Rose Barracks, Hohenfels and Garmisch.   The maintenance is conducted annually to ensure barriers at the gates remain operational.   No gates at any…


Army recognizes Bavaria employees for length of service

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Sixty German and American civilian employees were honored for 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service to the U.S. Army in a ceremony here April 15.   In opening remarks, garrison commander Col. Mark Colbrook highlighted the importance of the civilian workforce in supporting…

Do you know the weather risks in Germany?

By Tom Janis, USAG Bavaria Emergency Manager   Do you know the weather risks in Germany? Do you know what to do before or after a natural disaster? Do you know how to help others be a force of nature?   Have you ever walked outdoors, looked up at the…

Be prepared for day X, America’s PrepareAthon!

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — America’s PrepareAthon! Campaign is a national campaign of action to increase preparedness and resilience through awareness of hazards that threaten our communities and installations.   It is an opportunity to ensure that our service members, civilians and installations take action to prepare and plan ahead of disasters…

The Family Readiness Group: What is it and where is it going?

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It was my first day of volunteering — just two weeks into my husband’s military service — when I overheard people exchange critical comments about FRG, or Family Readiness Group, the Army’s primary family organization.   Perhaps the most complex and elusive program in the Army,…

New phone numbers coming to offices at Grafenwoehr, Vilseck & Hohenfels

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The U.S. Army installations at Grafenwoehr, Vilseck and Hohenfels will upgrade to a new phone system beginning this year, prompting changes in hardware and office phone numbers.   The old dial tone switches ran out of service warranty and it’s time to switch to the new Internet…

Bavaria cuts ribbon on new Soldier Medical Readiness Center

  Bavaria Health Command news release   VILSECK, Germany – The ribbon was officially cut on the new U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Soldier Medical Readiness Center, Friday, at the facility located on Rose Barracks.   Commander of the Bavaria Health Command, Col. David G. Richardson, along with BHC deputies and…

Understanding what Regional Contracting Office Bavaria can do for you

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The role of the contracting office here is to connect contractors and vendors with the U.S. Army to help support and meet the mission and objectives of the U.S. Army.   The 928th Contracting Battalion is the Regional Contracting Office that assists U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria and…

Estate planning for Soldiers and families in Germany

By Capt. Clyde Kilgore, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command   In the event of a Soldier or family member death, courts may apply German Law, the law of a U.S. jurisdiction or a mixture of both, depending on the circumstances. Soldiers are encouraged to visit the Legal Assistance Office…

Garrison clearing out abandoned vehicles

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria is looking for the owners of 17 abandoned vehicles currently sitting at a temporary impound lot near gate 6 at Tower Barracks.   Photos of the unregistered, unplated vehicles will be posted on the garrison’s Flickr page for review for 30 days,…

Things you didn’t know: Maypoles in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Flowers have started to bloom, the sun has finally (yes, finally) peeked out from behind the winter clouds and the sound of chirping birds fills the air. Yes, spring is in the air, summer is following closely behind, and in Germany, the first of May is a…