Provost Marshal Minute: What you need to know about registering your POV

USAG Bavaria Provost Marshal   One of those tasks that we all do not like very much is registering your POV here in Europe.   Here are some tips that can help you with the vehicle registration process in Bavaria:   You can only receive two sets of 30-day temporary…


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…

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.…