Town halls, home visits to address housing concerns

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In light of recent reports highlighting deficient living conditions in some privatized military housing in the U.S., leadership with 7th Army Training Command and U.S. Army Garrisons at Ansbach and Bavaria host town halls to address community concerns at Army housing.   The town halls — which…


5 steps to become a volunteer at USAG Bavaria

It took a few weeks, a second cup of coffee, and some self-rallying to finally sit down and browse my options.   As a young educated Army spouse confronting the challenges of adjusting to a first duty station, I struggled with the change and sincerely believed securing a position in…

Camping in Croatia: Land of Winnetou

ŠIBENIK, Croatia — Ask any German who Winnetou was and you’re bound to get a smile.   The fictional character Winnetou was a Native American hero based on the books by Karl May, one of Germany’s bestselling authors. Later, in the 1960s, the character was played by French actor Pierre…

Finding InDependence

How a group of Army spouses are redefining life in the military

‘Online misconduct’ subject to UCMJ

By C. Todd Lopez, Army News Service WASHINGTON — If Soldiers were still unsure of what bad behavior looks like online, the Army clarified it for them in an “All Army Activities” message — commonly called an ALARACT — that went out force-wide last week.   Online misconduct, it says,…

Vilseck Health Clinic modernization & expansion

VILSECK, Germany — On March 25, 2013, a $34.7 million state-of-the-art Army Medical Home (Patient and Soldier Centered Medical Homes) clinic addition and alteration project was awarded.   This project will quadruple the size of United States Army Health Clinic Vilseck, consolidate offices and scattered health care services from 3…

Who’s C-Dub? Questions with an AFN DJ

You probably hear her voice every day during PT or on your way to work. She’s an AFN DJ, a volunteer, Army spouse, former pageant girl in Texas and Louisiana and a mother of two dogs. She’s Christy Whitaker (a.k.a. C-Dub on the radio waves) and she hails from Oklahoma.…

Bringing your pets back stateside

By Robert Szostek, U.S. Army Europe Customs   WIESBADEN, Germany – People moving stateside this summer may take most types of pets with them if they plan ahead. However, endangered species laws prevent people from taking some turtles, birds and reptiles to the United States.   “Dogs must be free…

German-American Volksfest: Everything you need to know

Bavaria, you’re invited to the 57th German-American Volksfest at Grafenwoehr’s Camp Kasserine July 31 Aug. 2.   How much does it cost? Entrance into the fest is free. Food, beverages and rides are available for sale.   What can I expect? This is Germany’s largest German-American Volksfest. There will be…

New Vilseck Health Clinic set to open Aug. 5

  VILSECK, Germany— Vilseck Health Clinic staff has been diligently preparing to move into their new state-of-the-art health clinic addition in Building 260, adjacent to the existing health clinic.   Vilseck Health Clinic’s doctors and staff have been participating in various training activities, drills, and orientation to familiarize them with…

Summer vigilance: 4 things you need to know

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Summer is heating up and more people are spending time outdoors. But community members are reminded to maintain appropriate force protection vigilance.   During this time of heightened awareness, Col. Mark Colbrook, commander of USAG Bavaria, encourages everyone to take extra steps in helping to provide for…