Get your photo taken with Santa at the Grafenwoehr Exchange Mall

  AAFES News Release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Exchange and Creative Art Photography are teaming up to make this Christmas even brighter for Soldiers and their families with special Santa photo events.   On Friday, Nov. 22 at 3:30 p.m., Santa will arrive by fire truck to interact with…


Coping with winter weather woes

  By Nathan Hartvigsen, Grafenwoehr Army Health Clinic   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Winter Solstice is behind us now, so the sunlight will be back before you know it. In the meantime, though, here’s a few tips to keep your spirits up when the winter weather threatens to bring you down.…

Vilseck, Grafenwoehr Health Clinics to offer limited services on alternating Friday Training Holidays

  Bavaria Health Command news release   VILSECK, Germany – U.S. Army Health Clinics in Vilseck and Grafenwoehr will begin a trial period of opening for half-days on Friday training holidays, in alternating months, for enrolled beneficiaries needing care for minor illnesses.   The clinic will open for the morning…

Omalia Weatherholt: Questions with a Family Child Care provider

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Family Child Care, or FCC, bestowed this year’s Provider of the Year award to Omalia Weatherholt, a beloved member of Bavaria’s Child, Youth and School Services. And it doesn’t take long to understand why.   Omalia Weatherholt is quick to smile and deeply humble, but…

$20,000 in scholarships up for grabs in Exchange’s Rewards of Caring essay contest

AAFES press release   DALLAS – Military students who excel at serving their communities can earn cash for college by telling their stories in an essay contest sponsored by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Unilever.   Through the worldwide Rewards of Caring scholarship contest, four winners will…

Energy drinks: Know what you’re really drinking

  By Joanna Shatlan, Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) Vilseck mTBI Clinic   VILSECK, Germany — Energy drinks have become the fastest-growing beverage product in the United States. Consumer demand have increased 60 percent since 2007, when energy drink and shot sales totaled more than $12.5 billion, with estimates of increases of…

Things you didn’t know: Carrying pepper spray in Germany

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — German laws allow you to carry certain forms of pepper spray, but Army regulations prohibit you from bringing it on-post.   Recent reports of an increase in crime and terrorism across Europe, such as those in Cologne and Paris, have raised concerns regarding personal safety.  …

Weiberfasching: Where women are king

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — One day each year, women around Germany officially rule the roost during Weiberfasching.   Celebrated on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday — which is Feb. 10, 2016 — Weiberfasching (meaning women’s carnival) marks the transition from the Fasching fest season into the Lenten season leading up to…

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…