Federal government’s 2019 charity campaign now open

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The annual workplace giving campaign within the U.S. military and federal government takes place now through Jan. 12, 2020.   The Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas, or CFC-O, provides uniformed and civilian DOD personnel serving overseas the opportunity to support charitable organizations or causes of their choice from the…


College students eligible for gov’t-funded travel to visit active duty parents overseas

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — College students with parents stationed overseas may qualify for a government-funded round trip visit plus the shipment of unaccompanied baggage, according to Army and federal regulations.   The Army regulation on overseas travel, chapter 5, and the Joint Federal Travel Regulation, paragraph 7155, grant military students…

Things you didn’t know: Fasching is Germany’s most colorful time of year

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It officially began on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11:11 a.m., but the hoopla is just around the corner.   Fasching is Germany’s carnival season, a time of festivity and merrymaking.   It’s an excuse to break rules (and poke fun at those who…

Local Knights of Columbus council receives top award

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Knights of Columbus Council 15700 here in Grafenwoehr earned the STAR Council Award for achieving 175 percent of their recruitment goal, one of the organization’s top awards, for the fiscal year 2014-2015.   The organization’s headquarters, located in New Haven, Connecticut, made the announcement.   The…

Romantic and magical wildlife reserve near Grafenwoehr

  By Alexis Tucker   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Would you like to make her swoon with a non-generic Valentine’s Day date? Maybe you’re just an outdoorsy couple, animal lovers, or you want to take your children somewhere unique.   If you nodded yes, you should explore the Wildgehege Hufeisen in…

Soldiers can avoid unnecessary credit card fees

  By Maj. Paul Butler, 7th Army JMTC   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Tired of paying foreign transaction or annual fees when you use your credit card overseas? If you’re on Active Duty (or a Reservist on Active Duty), you’re in luck!   Military life while stationed overseas can be expensive.…

How to write ICE comments that deliver results

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army garrison here aims to provide services to support Soldiers and their families. But if those services either exceed or don’t meet your expectations, you can take action.   The Interactive Customer Evaluation system, or ICE, is your online customer feedback form.   A…

Hatch Act: Federal employees’ guide to social media and email

    U.S. Office of Special Counsel press release   The Hatch Act, a federal law passed in 1939, limits certain political activities of federal employees, as well as some state, D.C., and local government employees who work in connection with federally funded programs. ​The law’s purposes are to ensure…

Hohenfels Soldier earns environmental award

    HOHENFELS, Germany — A Soldier from Hohenfels has received the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Environmental Officer of the Year award for fiscal year 2015 at the USAG Bavaria Environmental Quality Control Counsel.   Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul A. Moreno, Battalion Maintenance Technician for the 1st Battalion, 4th…

InDependent launches Milspo’s Guide to Self-care

  InDependent news release   FORT RILEY, Kansas —InDependent launched a new online program for military spouses called MilSpo’s Guide to Self-Care.   The free online program will occur monthly from January through September 2016, with each month featuring experts who will present health and wellness content as it relates…

Walter Brunner: Questions with a German-American KONTAKT Club guru

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — If you are interested in host nation culture, people and events, then the German-American KONTAKT Club is the perfect place to mingle with local nationals.   The KONTAKT club was founded in 1969 by U.S. Army Europe and the German Federal Ministry of Youth, Family, Woman…