How to prepare for, respond to severe weather in Germany

  By Kellie Matack, USAG Bavaria Emergency Management   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In the spring and summer, it is not unusual for Germany to experience an inflow of warm, humid air masses originating from the southwest. When these air masses converge with the colder air from the north, and there…


409th Contracting Support Brigade names top NCO for 2016

  By Rachel Clark, 409th CSB   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 409th Contracting Support Brigade has named its top non-commissioned officer of the year following a three-day competition in Grafenwoehr, Germany.   Staff Sgt. Kevin Brown, 928th Contracting Battalion, was named 409th CSB’s top NCO for 2016.   “This was…

Red Cross Month recognizes everyday heroes

  American Red Cross, Vilseck Complex news release   VILSECK, Germany — The American Red Cross is recognizing the country’s everyday heroes during Red Cross Month this March.   “Our community is full of everyday heroes who help others in need,” said Kelly Clark, Field Office Coordinator for the Vilseck…

Understanding IMCOM’s Voluntary Placement Program

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army agency that handles the day-to-day operations of all of the Army’s installations is giving its current employees an opportunity to volunteer for career-broadening assignments within the command before considering outside applicants.   Installation Management Command’s Voluntary Placement Program, or IVPP, gives first consideration to…

3 reasons to go to the Transition Summit

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany—USAG Bavaria is hosting a Transition Summit March 7-8. Organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes Foundation and U.S. Army’s Soldier for Life initiative, the event is focused on helping transitioning service members, veterans and their spouses build skills and connections that will lead to…

How NCOs can change a climate and strengthen a squad

  By Staff Sgt. Alfred Hames, 15th Engineer Battalion   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Noncommissioned officers have always led from the front, but a new grass-roots initiative empowers them to effect change across the spectrum. Not in My Squad, or NIMS, is an assessment begun in October 2015 by Sgt. Maj.…

Kallmünz: Daytrip to medieval castle and town

By Alexis Tucker   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It’s not hard to fall in love with the town Kallmünz, located just over an hour from Grafenwoehr.   The town’s colorful buildings and reflections cast on the water while crossing the medieval stone bridge are humbling. You would think that the Naab,…

IMCOM-E director highlights training opportunities for US, German employees

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Describing the role of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria within the framework of today’s international geopolitics and uncertain future, the director of Installation Management Command in Europe highlighted expanded training opportunities for U.S. and local national employees at a town hall here Feb. 18.   With the…

7 myths about the Legal Assistance Office explained

By Capt. Clyde J. Kilgore, 7th Army JMTC   Myth #1 — A general power of attorney will allow my spouse to take any action that I could take. False. General powers of attorney are often not accepted by corporations, agencies and institutions. Any organization to whom a power of…

Netzaberg Elementary celebrates a melting pot Fasching

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Netzaberg Elementry School celebrated Fasching Friday with a parade that highlighted countries around the globe.   Peter Lehr, the mayor of Eschenbach, Netzaberg’s partner town, joined the multicultural celebration of fun and friendship.   All 780 NES students participated in the parade, each class sporting…

Fairytale views at the Donaustauf castle ruins

  By Alexis Tucker   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It’s not every day you can experience views of the Danube River and a snowy covered Walhalla, Germany’s Hall of Fame which resembles the Abe Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. , to fill your day with beauty and wonder.   The castle…