Learn about bird rehabilitation at LBV Oberpfalz

By Christa Rolls with USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   Landesbund für Vogelschutz in der Oberpfalz (LBV) is a non-profit organization in Bavaria that specializes in bird rehabilitation and wildlife education. Local rehabilitation centers are important to combating the anthropogenic effects on wildlife, while simultaneously providing an opportunity to educate the…

4 steps to obtain fuel ration card for a rental vehicle

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — DOD ID cardholders renting a vehicle must have a short-term fuel ration card before gassing up at AAFES fuel stations on military installations or Esso stations off-post.   An additional military privilege, the short-term fuel ration program temporarily increases the subsidized fuel quota for DOD card-holders using…

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month 2016: Know your resources at USAG Bavaria

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany —The elimination of sexual assault and harassment is a year-round priority for the Department of the Army.   U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey underscored this in their letter for the 2016 National Sexual Assault and…

Month of the Military Child

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — April is Month of the Military Child. From deployments to new schools, military children are faced with unique challenges that ordinary youth their age never experience. Their ability to adapt to present and future changes deserves our respect and admiration. In an effort to recognize the…

Day trip to Dinkelsbuehl

  By Alexis Tucker,   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — An overlooked, history-lover’s treasure, Dinkelsbuehl is a medieval town charmed by stories of the past and a day-trip for those of us in the Bavarian footprint.   Surrender of Swedish troops after interference of children in the Thirty Years War is among…

Myths & Facts: How USAG Bavaria Red Cross helps service members in a crisis

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — American Red Cross connects family members with service members in the event of an emergency, such as a sudden illness or death in the service member’s family.   But confusion remains over the emergency communication piece commonly known as the Red Cross message, as well who authorizes…

Counterintelligence office provides training; here’s how to participate

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany —  The Grafenwoehr Field Office is offering monthly training at Rose and Tower Barracks geared toward U.S. service members, DOD civilians and local national employees.   The GFO recently released its 2016 training schedule and now invites members of the garrison and military to participate.   The Grafenwoehr…

Things you didn’t know: April Fools’ Day in Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — If stereotypes were true, Germans wouldn’t have a sense of humor. Fortunately, those of us living in Bavaria know that’s false.   Case in point: April Fools’ Day, or Aprilscherz in German.   The Germans have a long tradition of joking on a personal and even national…

Legal office: Issues to consider during tax season

By Capt. Jennifer Bryer, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It is time to pay the piper: U.S. federal taxes for 2015 are due April 18, 2016 (an exception to the normal due date of April 15 because of the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington D.C.).…

7 tips for grocery shopping off-post

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — For newcomers, grocery shopping in a foreign country can seem like an intimidating endeavor. But it doesn’t have to be.   Knowing the ins and outs of where and how to shop on the economy will smooth those fears and make your first German shopping experience…

Hangin’ loose in Ischgl

    ISCHGL, Austria — Here, we are all party animals. Fueled by local brew and inspired by mountain-shaking music, table dancing, the thin air and, oh yeah, the best skiing in all of Europe, we pound our chests and howl at the moon.   This is the melting pot…