Retiree Appreciation Day provides financial, health services at Grafenwoehr and Ansbach

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – American Retirees in the area will have a chance to get help with pay issues, health care and other retiree services this October.   USAG Bavaria hosts its annual Retiree Appreciation Day (RAD) Oct. 15 at the Tower View Conference Center, Bldg 209 (Grafenwoehr) Tower…


Driving in Germany: What you need to know about the Motor Vehicle Lighting Campaign

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Motor Vehicle Lighting Equipment campaign is conducted throughout Germany each year in October.   The purpose is to encourage motor vehicle owners to have their vehicles — especially lighting equipment — inspected prior to the onset of winter weather.   The campaign is conducted each year…

Your domestic violence prevention resources at USAG Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The garrison here supports the U.S. Army’s efforts in raising domestic violence awareness during the entire month of October.   What is domestic violence, and why does it matter? Today, families — and especially military families — are subject to a variety of stressors that often place…

U.S. Army Soldier Show coming to Grafenwoehr

The 2015 U.S. Army Soldier Show is a high-energy 90-minute live musical that showcases the talents of Soldiers who were selected by audition from throughout the Active-Duty, Reserve and National Guard Army. The production, “We Serve” explores the foundational elements of what it means to serve, in and out of…

Environmental: The benefits of honey

Honey has healing powers that have been proven scientifically. It can help with sore throats, burns hurt less, wounds heal faster and dry scalps benefit from an overnight honey treatment.   What’s important is not to heat the honey to more than 40 °C (104 °F) because then beneficial substances,…

USAG Bavaria’s Rising Stars announced

Pete Pollard, Grafenwoehr Performing Arts Center   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The annual Army-wide vocal competition for Operation Rising Star took place Sept. 18 and the finals were held Sept. 19 at the Grafenwoehr Performing Arts Center at Tower Barracks.   Begun in 2004, Operation Rising Star is a singing competition…

Understanding how new USPS customs form procedures affect you

By 2nd Lt. Sydney Crutchfield, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The U.S. Postal Service will soon require patrons to complete customs forms online for all packages.   The new procedures — which are expected to go into effect at the beginning of 2016 — are part of…

‘Green Classroom’ opens at Rose Barracks

Story by Franz Zeilmann, Caecilia Meier and Simone Peuleke   VILSECK, Germany — On September 14, 2015, Garrison Commander Col. Mark Colbrook “opened the doors” to the new Green Classroom here on Rose Barracks.   Among the guests were mayors from our neighboring towns, representatives of the U.S. and German…

Troops & families: Take the cost of living survey

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — All Department of Defense Service members stationed at any of the 11 DOD identified locations in Germany, and who have been on station for at least 3 months, are required to complete the 2015 Cost of Living Allowance COLA Living Pattern Survey at www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/lps-germany.cfm.   DOD locations…

How AER policy change better helps Soldiers

Army Emergency Relief is a great program that helps our Soldiers and their Families with unexpected financial emergencies.   Just last year, AER helped 47,117 Soldiers and their families providing $64.8M in no-interest loans and grants. Unfortunately, the number of active duty Soldiers requesting assistance has declined 35% over the…

What to do when you hit a deer in Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It’s not uncommon in this part of Germany to spot a deer at dusk or dawn. And if you hit one with your automobile either on- or off-post, there are certain steps you should take.   Vehicles collide with wild animals on a German roads over…