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…


What you need to know about the Operation Rising Star competition in Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — IMCOM, Family and MWR Programs is excited to announce the 2015 Operation Rising Star competition, an individual vocal competition that helps demonstrate the Army’s commitment to high-quality programs that support readiness and resilience.   Begun in 2004, Operation Rising Star is a singing competition similar to reality…

Bavaria: The perfect place for peacefully pedaling

By Charlie Stadtlander, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs   SCHWEINFURT, Germany — The valleys rise up around you green and fertile. A castle looms, perched on a hill like a bird of prey that eyes you as you wind your way along the curve of the river. There are no cars…

Understanding who needs to take Level I Antiterrorism Awareness Training

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — If you’ve spent any amount of time in or around the military, you’ve probably taken the DOD’s Antiterrorism Level 1 Training course … many times.   But who’s required to take it? Service members? Family members? Contractors?   Department of Defense Instruction 2000.16 outlines guidance on antiterrorism…

Employees on 5-year rule now given higher priority

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Overseas government service workers subject to the Defense Department’s 5-year employment limitation will be restored to a higher status in the priority placement program, according to a DOD memorandum released Aug. 6. The changes restore priority status that was in effect prior to July 2010.   “Reverting…

5 steps to become a volunteer at USAG Bavaria

It took a few weeks, a second cup of coffee, and some self-rallying to finally sit down and browse my options.   As a young educated Army spouse confronting the challenges of adjusting to a first duty station, I struggled with the change and sincerely believed securing a position in…

Camping in Croatia: Land of Winnetou

ŠIBENIK, Croatia — Ask any German who Winnetou was and you’re bound to get a smile.   The fictional character Winnetou was a Native American hero based on the books by Karl May, one of Germany’s bestselling authors. Later, in the 1960s, the character was played by French actor Pierre…

Finding InDependence

How a group of Army spouses are redefining life in the military

‘Online misconduct’ subject to UCMJ

By C. Todd Lopez, Army News Service WASHINGTON — If Soldiers were still unsure of what bad behavior looks like online, the Army clarified it for them in an “All Army Activities” message — commonly called an ALARACT — that went out force-wide last week.   Online misconduct, it says,…

Vilseck Health Clinic modernization & expansion

VILSECK, Germany — On March 25, 2013, a $34.7 million state-of-the-art Army Medical Home (Patient and Soldier Centered Medical Homes) clinic addition and alteration project was awarded.   This project will quadruple the size of United States Army Health Clinic Vilseck, consolidate offices and scattered health care services from 3…

Who’s C-Dub? Questions with an AFN DJ

You probably hear her voice every day during PT or on your way to work. She’s an AFN DJ, a volunteer, Army spouse, former pageant girl in Texas and Louisiana and a mother of two dogs. She’s Christy Whitaker (a.k.a. C-Dub on the radio waves) and she hails from Oklahoma.…