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Come together and meet your German and Czech neighbors - Weiden hosts Neighborhood Week
from September 13-20
JMTC EOD Team redeploys after successful mission
Garrison Commander Hosts Community Reception
Garrison 'walking the walk' on environmental issues
Olympic heroes visit kids on European garrisons
Graf preparations continue for 172nd influx
Commanders announce clinical changes sparked by Town Hall
Army Family Covenant funds bring more services, programs
Grafenwoehr CSM Burns leaves legacy
Garrison signs partnership with Weiden
New claims rules ease PCS stress
MPs form bond with Polizei cadets
 U.S. Army Europe Transformation On Track, Says Army Vice Chief of Staff
Thousands go to war during Austere Challenge 08
Asian-Pacific Heritage
Joint Chief visits Graf, gets firsthand intel from troops
2SCR birthday celebrates history, family
Graf Soldiers honor those that sacrificed all at Normandy
Garrison Grafenwoehr responds to S&S articles, gives readers rest of story
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WTU Soldier listed fit for duty

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News Release, 23 Dec 2008, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

Local Dining facility runner-up in Army-wide competition

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - The CSM (Command Sgt. Maj.) Lawrence T. Hickey Dining Facility at Camp Normandy here was announced Dec. 19 as runner-up in the U.S. Army best large garrison dining facility category of the recent 2009 DA Philip A. Connelly Awards Competition for excellence in Army food service.

The Grafenwoehr dining facility represented the European Army garrison in the Army-wide competition and was runner-up to the 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment Dining Facility at Fort Jackson, S.C.

"I thank my team for their great work all year long, and especially for this competition," said Gerhard Bessner, Camp Normandy DFAC manager. "No matter we how fare in competitions, my team will always be the number one team to me," he added.

In the past, Bessner's dining facility has won the IMCOM-Europe best facility award three times, and in 2006 they took home the DA Connelly award in the best large garrison dining facility category. Bessner has been managing DFACs since 1976, and the Camp Normandy DFAC since it's opening in March 2005,

"The food service staffs of these units deserve special recognition for their contribution toward improving the Army's food service program and for their superior efforts in enhancing the quality of food service for our Soldiers," said John Q. McNulty, chief of the Army's the Food and Liquid Division. "All finalists displayed high standards of excellence, were very competitive and are congratulated for their outstanding performances."


Grafenwoehr Theater Opening Delayed Until 1 June 09

The reopening of the Grafenwoehr Tower Theater will be delayed until at least 1 June 2009, according to Tom Hays, Director of Public Works for USAG Bavaria.

A problem was discovered during the renovation of the lobby area that will require additional time to correct. "The wall separating the lobby from the auditorium was supposed to be a fire protection wall according to the building plans," said Hays. "When we opened the wall up, it did not meet current fire code requirements, and we have to tear out the old wall and replace it with new materials - and this takes time. The safety of our community members remains our top priority in any construction project," he added.
Mr. Hays says it is not unusual to encounter structural situations such as this when renovating older buildings, the Grafenwoehr Tower Theater originally having been constructed in 1949. He added that the theater's new lobby area will have clear windows replacing the old glass-block walls, improved access to meet handicapped requirements, refurbished restrooms, and a new concession stand.

AAFES is taking advantage of this project to install a Dolby sound system, rebuild their projectors and other customer enhancements. The new lobby renovations follow on after a new roof and exterior painting projects to the theater that took place in 2007 and 2008.

Grafenwoehr community members are encouraged to use the Vilseck theater, open seven days a week, while the Tower Theater continues its renovations.

Matinees are planned for the holidays at the Vilseck theater, and dates and times are listed in the "Bavarian News" community newspaper.
    Note: Released 15 Dec 2008, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


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Operation Rising Star

Do you have what it takes?
MWR will give you the opportunity to strut your stuff and make it big. Participants sing and are able to win local cash prizes. The overall garrison winner will go on to compete in a worldwide singing competition, much like Military Idol.

To sign up, call or visit the Langenbruck Center, Rose BarracksVilseck, Bldg. 607, DSN 476-2360 or CIV 009662-83-2360.  12 September: Tryouts       26 September: Finals


Holiday Greetings - 16 & 17 SeptemberHoliday Greetings

Send a holiday video greeting to your folks back home this holiday season. An Army and Air Force Hometown News Service team from San Antonio will be coming to your community to record holiday greetings for broadcast on television and radio stations in all 50 states and U.S. territories.
All Soldiers, family members, government civilians and retirees are urged to participate in this year's Hometown Holiday Video Greetings program; Soldiers must be in uniform. Don’t forget to bring the complete address and telephone number of your family in the U.S.

Grafenwoehr, Tuesday, 16 September: 11 am – 5 p.m. (in front of the PX)
Vilseck Wednesday, 17 September, 11 am - 5 p.m. (in front of the Food Court, near Commissary)


Picture of GEN Patton

GEN Patton's Grandson Coming to Grafenwoehr Library

2 September: The Military History Group of the Grafenwoehr Library proudly hosts Mr. George Patton Waters, grandson of GEN George S. Patton and son of GEN John K. Waters in the Reference Area of the Library. The meet-and-greet session will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m.


Starting Monday, 25 August, the new school year starts for our community's elementary, middle school and high school students, and children will be walking, bicycling and taking busses to and from housing areas and the schools. Be alert and drive with caution between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays. Expect some delays in traffic due to the school activity and always yield and stop for school children and busses.
Netzaberg residents: Hundreds of students will be walking and bicycling through the Netzaberg complex to your new Elementary and Middle School opening for the first time this year. We recommend you keep your vehicle's speed well below the posted speed limit in and around Netzaberg on weekday mornings and afternoons.


Col. Chris Sorenson


Col. Chris Sorenson became USAG Bavaria's new commanderin a change-of-command ceremony heldon the Grafenwoehr parade field Aug. 14.

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Some Elementary Students in Graf off-post Housing to attend Vilseck School

Elementary students residing in Kaltenbrunn, Mantel, Steinfels and Weiherhammer will be attending Grafenwoehr Elementary School for School Year 2008/2009, this change will be reviewed again for the next School Year, 2009/2010.
All student records, bus passes and bus assignments will be transferred from Vilseck Elementary School to Grafenwoehr Elementary School. If you have any please feel free to contact Grafenwoehr Elementary School Principal (09641-83-7133), Vilseck Elementary School Principal (09662-83-2812) or the School Transportation Office (0162-271-7583).


Local grads win scholarships

Scholarship recipients: Judith Vasquez, Lemuel Lee, Bernard McPherson, Ryan MathesonThe annual Scholarships for Military Children Program winners have been announced and the "Honor Roll" is impressive. Over 5,000 students applied for the scholarships at commissary locations worldwide.

All of the recipients are listed at, the official Web site for the program, and all recipients listed here received a $1,500 collage scholarship


Men of Valor. Photo by Spc. Benjamin Crane
Men of Valor

Sgt. 1st Class Eugene Kuban of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment (left), and Sgt. Aaron Lopez of Company B, 1-2 SCR, display their Bronze Star medals with 'V' device for valor following the medals' presentation by Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond, commander of Multi-National Division - Baghdad and the 4th Infantry Division, at the 2d SCR headquarters at Combat Outpost Apache in the Adhamiyah district of Baghdad, Iraq, July 4.
The pair earned the medals for leading their teams in battle during the fight for the Sadr City district of Baghdad. The 2SCR is a U.S. Army Europe unit based in Vilseck, Germany


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12 July - Gate 6 and Gate 9 Traffic Changes

A new outbound lane at Gate 6 goes into operation on Saturday, 12 July. Effective that day, the current outbound lane will close, visitor sign-out parking will relocate, and the layout of the inbound side of the gate will also experience minor adjustments. As the traffic pattern at Gate 6 will change, please proceed with caution when entering or exiting the ACP, pay attention to all signs, and always drive at or below the posted speed limits for the safety of you and others.

Also effective on 12 July, Gate 9 will be a "Car (POV) Only" ACP. Trucks will no longer be allowed to access the Main Cantonment area through Gate 9, but must instead exit and re-enter the installation through Gate 6 to do so. The mouth of the new outbound lane has been designed to accommodate all truck sizes for this purpose


Marriage Retreats at Edelweiss in Garmisch

The Grafenwoehr Family Life Chaplain offers Marriage Retreats at Edelweiss in Garmisch 27 – 29 July and 8 – 10 August. These retreats are for Soldiers and their spouses from the Vilseck and Grafenwoehr Communities, and are paid for with Strong Bonds dollars, and provide for children’s programs, transportation, lodging and meals (except for lunches). Some restrictions apply for couples with younger children. To register call DSN 476-3276.


Grafenwoehr Celebrates Army's Birthday

Col. Brian Boyle reading to children

Col. Brian Boyle, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, takes time to engage in a question and answer session on the Army Birthday story he'd just read to 200 children at the Vilseck School Age Services facility.


StudentsRegistration for 2008-2009 School Year

Thank you to the many parents that have already completed registration for the 2008-2009 school year. Staffing is determined by the number of students registered. Please help our schools be staffed at the correct levels when school opens in August 2008 by registering your child now, if you have not already done so. You can come by the school office between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.


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Child ReadingKit Kittredge Program - Through 30 June

The Grafenwoehr and Vilseck Libraries have now kicked off the Kit Kittredge Program. Authorized Army MWR patrons ages 6-16 are invited to visit their post library to check out the Kit Kittredge book display and to learn more about how they can win the trip or a set of Kit Kittredge, An American Girl books.They can also enter in the online sweepstakes and get a sneak peak at the movie at


Allowable Baggage While Traveling on Official Travel

Travelers should confirm with their individual carriers or their agents as to what will constitute allowable or "excess" baggage when traveling. For leisure travel, be prepared to travel lighter, or potentially pay more.

Below are some examples of airline policies and what is allowable checked baggage limits.


2008-2009 School Registration
School Registration
16 April Register and Eat, Vilseck Elementary School
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Parents will receive meal vouchers after completing registration. The vouchers will be used for hot dogs, chips, drinks, and ice cream that will be served 4:30 p.m-6:00 p.m. More info: DSN 476-2812. All students must be registered before the school year begins.


NOTE: Abobe's .pdf format is used for each Bavarian News issue. You may download a free Reader from Adobe at

Information is provided as a public service to members of the U.S. Army Europe in the Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Hohenfels Area. Information provided therein is compiled by the Garrison Public Affairs Office. Information is obtained through external sources and based on published print/broadcast media. The Public Affairs Office is not responsible for cancelled or postponed events.
Every effort has been made to ensure correctness at the time of publication. Events listed, references to public or private enterprises and/or trademark or trade names used do not constitute an endorsement by the United States Army. Any republication or reissue of the above information should include the use of this disclaimer.

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