Military spouses of several senior ranking officials are greeted by MPD Chief Robert Reed, while they use the hand sanitizer station at the USAG Bavaria Welcome Center, March 11, 2021.
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MPD Chief Robert Reed presents an in-processing brief that incoming community members experience upon arriving to the USAG Bavaria Welcome Center, March 11, 2021.
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USO Bavaria Area Director Carolyn Harris provides an overview of the services and support her organization offers to Soldiers and family members within the USAG Bavaria footprint, March 11, 2021.
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The Willkommen in Stadt Grafenwoehr sign, located within the center, translates to "Welcome to the City of Grafenwoehr," March 11, 2021.
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Housing Division Chief Norma Trassl guides the tour through the hallways of Tower Barracks Bldg. 244 to her team's workstations, March 11, 2021.
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Housing Division Chief Norma Trassl presents a summary brief on government leased and owned housing locations throughout the USAG Bavaria footprint, March 11, 2021. She details the housing appointment structure, starting from the moment incoming families are assigned a sponsor.
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MPD Chief Robert Reed presents the main waiting area of Tower Barracks Bldg. 244, where Soldiers and family members accomplish multiple administrative tasks, March 11, 2021.
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The tour heads to the second floor of Tower Barracks Bldg. 244, passing by the grab-and-go Tasty Micro Market, March 11, 2021.
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Tour participants hold a round table discussion with Family Advocacy Program and U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Bavaria representatives, March 11, 2021. From left, Kristen Danbeck, Kathy Norrie, Angela Abernethy, Deputy Commander Howard Johnston, Janet Morgan and Dorothy Holmes.
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Angela Abernethy, spouse of U.S. Army Europe and Africa Command Sgt. Maj. Rob Abernethy, speaks with Jessica Stolar, manager of the ACS Family Advocacy Program, about organization highlights and the new parent support system following the FAP overview, March 11, 2021.
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Angela Abernethy, spouse of U.S. Army Europe and Africa Command Sgt. Maj. Rob Abernethy, speaks to Col. E. Lee Bryan, commander of MEDDAC-Bavaria, about the Behavior Health program, March 11, 2021.
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The tour continues through the Netzaberg community, USAG Bavaria's largest housing area, to view the local chapel, school grounds and child care services, March 11, 2021. To the right, Deputy Commander Howard Johnston continues to brief Angela Abernethy, spouse of U.S. Army Europe and Africa Command Sgt. Maj. Rob Abernethy, about the off-post community and its offerings.
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The military spouses are provided a tour of the Netzaberg Chapel, March 11, 2021. From the right, Family Life Chaplain Maj. Rick Pak speaks with Kathy Norrie and Angela Abernethy about the wide range of religious services offered to Soldiers and their families — many of which are now offered virtually.
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The interior layout and stage of the Netzaberg Chapel, March 11, 2021.
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The tour travels from the Netzaberg Chapel, in the backdrop, to the out-of-view child development center, March 11, 2021.
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Child and Youth Services Coordinator Liwliwa Markey leads the guided tour through the Netzaberg CYS complex, March 11, 2021. To accommodate services within a COVID-19 environment, operations and plans were approved to meet the risk mitigation demands of HPCON B.
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During the guided tour through the Netzaberg Child and Youth Services complex, CYS Coordinator Liwliwa Markey highlights the homework lab and technology lab as being beneficial towards children's educational enrichment, March 11, 2021.
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During the guided tour through the Netzaberg Child and Youth Services complex, CYS Coordinator Liwliwa Markey provided an overview of the risk mitigation protocols of HPCON B that allow gymnasium use to a limited capacity, March 11, 2021.
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The last stop on the guided tour was at the USAG Bavaria Wild B.O.A.R. Outdoor Recreation Center, March 11, 2021. Lead Recreation Assistant Paul Linka provides information to the group about the grounds.
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Representatives of Wild B.O.A.R. and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers provide briefings of their programs and offerings, March 11, 2021.
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Representatives of Bavaria Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers provide briefings of their programs and offerings, March 11, 2021. From left, Bavaria BOSS Vice President Sgt. Emma Hoffman, Bavaria BOSS Advisor Anthony Frazier and Bavaria BOSS Sgt. Robert Patton.
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Angela Abernethy, spouse of U.S. Army Europe and Africa Command Sgt. Maj. Rob Abernethy, speaks with Bavaria BOSS Vice President Sgt. Emma Hoffman about the inclusive culture training — derived from IMCOM material — offered to Soldiers, March 11, 2021.
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Wild B.O.A.R. Lead Recreation Assistant Paul Linka provides information about the cabins available for rent on the campgrounds, March 11, 2021.
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GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Military spouses of several senior ranking officials took part in a quality-of-life tour of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria on Thursday, March 11. The tour highlighted PCS procedures, housing, child care, health care, spouse employment, religious and recreational opportunities on the installation.

Special guests included Angela Abernethy, spouse of U.S. Army Europe and Africa Command Sgt. Maj. Rob Abernethy, Janet Morgan, spouse of 7th Army Training Command Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Morgan, and Dorothy Holmes, spouse of 7th Army Noncommissioned Officer Academy Command Sgt. Maj. James Holmes III.

The tour was led in part by USAG Bavaria Deputy Commander Howard Johnston, Kathy Norrie, spouse of 7th Army Training Command commander Brig. Gen. Christopher Norrie, and Kristen Danbeck, spouse of USAG Bavaria commander Col. Christopher Danbeck. Program directors emphasized the dedication of their teams and organizational services throughout the visit.

The windshield tour started at Tower Barracks Army Lodging, where the shuttle bus looped past the new Grafenwoehr Elementary School construction site towards the Welcome Center. Upon arrival, they were greeted by Military Personnel Division Chief Robert Reed as he delivered an overview of in-processing procedures and spouse initiatives alongside supporting agencies — USO Bavaria and Army Community Service.

The tour continued through the building, as Housing Division Chief Norma Trassl detailed local housing opportunities made to service members and their families across the USAG Bavaria footprint. Abernethy expressed great interest in learning about the housing appointment structure, starting from the moment incoming families are assigned a sponsor.

The tour headed upstairs to openly discuss topics related to the military Family Advocacy Program and Behavior Health services with Jessica Stolar of ACS and Col. E. Lee Bryan, commander of MEDDAC-Bavaria, respectively. Topics covered included the expansion of virtual learning opportunities within a COVID-19 environment, how FAP supports mission readiness, local baby delivery and postnatal care options, and clinic sizes and availability for military family members.

“I would just like to make a plug for FAP,” said Abernethy. “The new parent support system was — and still is — amazing. What they’re doing is amazing work.”

The tour continued through the Netzaberg community, USAG Bavaria’s largest housing area, to view the local chapel, school grounds and child care services.

While at the child development center, Family and MWR Bavaria Director Audre Binder commended the hard work of the Senior Responsible Officer, garrison and host nation team for establishing guidelines that keep the installation safe enough to recently resume some services.

“Lessons learned to keeping children, military members and families healthy on all levels — for everybody’s wellbeing — is that sometimes small shutdowns are necessary to reset,” said Binder.

While touring the neighborhood, an overview of home based-business practices and military spouse employment opportunities was provided by Binder. She brought attention to the strong relationship the garrison has with host nation leaders, as they are the approving body of off-post businesses.

The last stop of the guided tour was at the Wild B.O.A.R. Outdoor Recreation Center, where center representatives and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers organization leaders provided information on how they strive continuously to provide Soldiers and community members the opportunity to learn life skills in a safe, peer-to-peer environment at USAG Bavaria.

“It’s not enough to be recreational,” concluded Binder. “Our program has to have value.”