As COVID-19 restrictions begin to relax, beer gardens reopen with new rules

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — As COVID-19 restrictions begin to relax and spring brings better weather in Bavaria, beer gardens reopened across Germany.   A beer garden (taken from the German word, “Biergarten”) is an open-air space, where beer and food are served — typically at a communal table.    The idea…


What to do when bad weather hits Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Inclement weather brought on by the autumn and winter months can deliver a blow to Bavaria and the surrounding area, affecting your decision to travel.   Garrison officials and street cleaning crews at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria installations at Garmisch, Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels and Vilseck will do everything…

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.   There will be a CFC Kickoff Event and Key Worker Training following the Community Leader Information Forum on Nov. 12 at noon at the Tower View Conference…

Tower Barracks Chapel reopens after renovation

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — After a long wait, service members, government employees and their families stationed in U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria will finally be able to attend services at the Tower Barracks Chapel.   The grand reopening of the Tower Barracks Chapel, Bldg. 142, located on the corner across from…

The Oak Tree: A symbol of community

  Story by Sgt. Christopher Stewart, 7th Army Training Command   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Leaders of the 7th Army Training Command partnered with the German forest service, known as the “Bundesforst,” and other community members to plant an oak tree outside of 7 ATC’s headquarters, Tower Barracks, Grafenwoehr, Germany, Oct.…

Nerf Fest is blasting into the Grafenwoehr Exchange October 19

AAFES News Release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Military brats are invited to participate in the upcoming Nerf Fest event at the Tower Barracks Main Store Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.   Military children can visit the Tower Barracks Main Store and test out Nerf Blasters with their…

USAG Bavaria highlights October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Family Advocacy Program is focusing on re-energizing the community’s awareness of domestic violence during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.   According to FAP, domestic violence happens in our community and many communities throughout Installation Management Command-Europe.   Domestic violence does not discriminate by…

Army, German leaders connect to enhance community relations

  HOHENFELS, Germany — Senior leaders from the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, U.S.Army Garrison Bavaria Hohenfels, and neighboring German Bürgermeister, Polizei and higher ranking officials convened in Laaber Oct. 10 to enhance community relations and friendships.   Community Connector is a significant event where the U.S. leadership shares information with…

Provost Marshal Minute: Using a phone while driving will earn you a suspension

USAG Bavaria Provost Marshal   No matter what installation you call home, all installations across our Army prohibit the use of mobile devices while operating a vehicle.    Here in Bavaria, using a cell phone without a hands free device for talking, texting or for taking photographs will earn you…

Pet-Owners: What you need to know when PCS-ing to USAG Bavaria

  Bavaria Branch Veterinary Services   PCSing is incredibly stressful, which is only compounded by ensuring your children and pets have what they need prior to travel. Your on-post veterinary treatment facility (VTF) is here to help you.   It’s important to call your vet months in advance with any…

Garmisch students practice fire safety, earn a ride on a fire truck

  GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN —In commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on Oct. 8, 1871, Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of Oct. 9. This year’s theme “Plan And Practice Your Escape. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere!” is designed to protect your family in case…