COLA, housing dominate discussion at USAG Bavaria town hall

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria leadership and community members discussed several significant topics affecting the Rose and Tower Barracks communities during a Garrison Town Hall Nov. 14 at the Netzaberg Middle School in the Netzaberg community of Eschenbach, Germany.   The event, which was live-streamed to the…


Environmental Division hosts ‘Experience Spring’ contest

  USAG Bavaria Environmental Office news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — This spring, USAG Bavaria’s environmental division is hosting a contest providing children a fun way to learn more about local plants and animals.   From March 15 – May 24, children ages three to 12 can participate in the “Experience…

How to submit feedback, complaints at commissary

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Defense Commissary Agency, or DeCA, which manages commissary stores on military installations around the world, handles customer feedback internally and does not use the DOD Interactive Customer Evaluation system known as ICE.   Commissary shoppers can submit comments — praise, criticism or otherwise — both…

Bavaria Health Command goes tobacco-free

  By Kristen Schabert, Bavaria Health Command   VILSECK, Germany — Beginning this spring, Bavaria Health Command and its clinics will become Tobacco Free Medical Campuses. No smoking or tobacco use will be permitted on the clinic grounds, which extends to the parking lots and surrounding areas of each clinic…

‘Read Across America’ at Grafenwoehr Elementary School

  By Vivian Velez and Tyra Potts in Dr. Hunter’s Fifth Grade Class at Grafenwoehr Elementary School   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — On Wednesday, March 2, the students of Grafenwoehr Elementary School joined other schools across the United States in celebrating Read Across America Day.   Read Across America is an…

Marine Corps recruiting visit at Vilseck High School March 21

Marine Corps Recruiting Station Portsmouth, New Hampshire news release   The U.S. Marines will have a recruiting station set-up at the Vilseck High School March 21 for students interested in joining.   For the period of March 13 – 21, the commanding officer and senior recruiter-instructor of Marine Corps Recruiting…

Clearance issues in an unclassified environment

  USAG Bavaria Security Office news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany—There seems to be a lot of confusion, questions and vague policy guidance when it comes to clearance revocations and denials.   One issue that comes up frequently is the concern over whether losing a security clearance or being denied a…

Large number of claimed exemptions leads to high tax bills

By Capt. Jennifer Bryer, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command   Many single Soldiers throughout Bavaria have claimed a large number of exemptions on their federal withholding forms causing them to owe a large debt to the IRS for failing to pay taxes during the year.   The tax centers…

KONTAKT Club’s president recognized by German officials for accomplishments

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The president of the KONTACT Club here was recognized March 4 by local and state officials for his accomplishments in promoting German-American friendship over the past 25 years.   The county commissioner of Neustadt County, Andreas Meier, presented the “Honorary Dedication of the Bavarian Minister…

Dublin on a budget in a day and a half

  DUBLIN — Thanks to a miraculous aligning of discount Ryan Air flights, sunny weather and an approved three-day pass, we booked a spontaneous trip to Dublin, Ireland.   If you’ve never thought about traveling there, you should consider. The country boasts food that is a contemporary blend of American,…

Things you didn’t know: German Bockbier…for monks, it’s what’s for dinner

  MUNICH — While I can’t pinpoint the origin of this story, it’s not going to stop me from telling it. And, according to numerous tourism sites and “legend,” it’s true. Promise.   The story goes something like this: In the early 16th century, Paulaner monks of the Neudeck ob…