Summer Sense Campaign starts with COVID-19 precautions in mind

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) hosts its annual Summer Sense Campaign at USAG Bavaria; however, this time with a virtual nod to the COVID-19 restrictions.    The 2020 Summer Sense Campaign aims to further help reduce alcohol related incidents throughout the community. It does this by bringing…


Commander at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria relinquishes command

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Col. Mark Colbrook, garrison commander at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, relinquished command at a ceremony here June 3.   The ceremony and passing of the command’s colors was presided over by Michael D. Formica, region director, Installation Management Command Europe.   Col. Bill Rieper will take…

Vilseck medical team to visit Garmisch to conduct youth sports physicals

    GARMISCH, Germany — Bavaria Medical Department Activity will send a team to Garmisch to offer CYS sports physicals for children enrolled in school, ages 5 and older, June 8-10. Appointments will be available on:   Wed, June 8 from 1 – 5 p.m.   Thu, June 9 from…

Community helps Netzaberg Elementary School celebrate Earth Day

  Photos and story by Betsy Shepherd, Netzaberg Elementary School fourth-grader   NETZABERG, Germany — On May 13 Netzaberg Elementary School students learned all about making our Earth a better place while celebrating being green with their Earth Day Extravaganza.   The extravaganza featured stations where eager students learned about…

Local survivor climbs Mount Kilimanjaro to honor Soldiers

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — “I’m going to do it.” That was Joann Valenzuela’s immediate thought when she saw the TAPS flyer for a Mount Kilimanjaro climb for surviving family members.   And she did. Valenzuela and nine other survivors summited the highest peak in Africa Feb. 14, 2016, during a…

How to get your vehicle inspected for registration at USAG Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Before you can register your vehicle at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, it has to pass a safety inspection. But while you have to use the Vehicle Registration office on post, for the inspection you have the option of using on-post or off-post service providers.   You can…

DoDEA Europe director visits Grafenwoehr Elementary School

  By Anthony Cazares and Cameron Mayfield, GES fifth-grade students   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — On Thursday, May 5, the students of Grafenwoehr Elementary School had a special visitor visit the school.   Dr. Dell McMullen, the Director of DoDEA Europe, visited the school to watch learning in action. She was…

Top 10 things to know about German cell phone contracts

  7th Army JMTC Legal Office news release   1. A German cell phone contract is a legal contract.   2. How long does my contract last? Most German cell phone contracts are for a period of 24 months. Then, most of them automatically renew themselves for 12 months or…

MILITARY STAR Card helps Grafenwoehr Exchange reduce fees and contribute to military quality-of-life programs

AAFES news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Customers who reach for their MILITARY STAR cards at Army & Air Force Exchange Service facilities are helping reduce credit-card processing expenses and ultimately improving their military communities.   During fiscal year 2015, bank-issued credit card processing expenses at Tower & Rose Barracks…

Summer PCS season: What USAG Bavaria’s done and what you can do

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USAG Bavaria is preparing for summer PCS season by implementing new processes and procedures, but DOD personnel presently stationed in Grafenwoehr and Vilseck are encouraged to be proactive.   During a season coined “Summer Surge,” which spans from May through August, hundreds of Soldiers and families are…

‘Not Guilty’ at Grafenwoehr Elementary School

  By Destini Haith and Gabby Wilson, Grafenwoehr Elementary School fifth-grade students (with assistance from Dr. Hunter)   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — On Monday, May 2, fifth-grade students from Grafenwoehr Elementary School traveled to Vilseck Rose Barracks to conduct a mock trial, called People v. Woody.   The Mock Trial was…