LOCATION: Garmisch, (officially Garmisch-Partenkirchen), is a beautiful resort town nestled in the Bavarian Alps on the German/Austrian border southwest of the city of Munich. The U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Garmisch provides community support to the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, the NATO School in nearby Oberammergau, and the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort (ELR), formerly known as the Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC).
The Garrison Headquarters is located on the west side of town on Artillery Kaserne. This is where you will find all support services and the Shopping Center. The housing area is adjacent to the Kaserne with the school and Child and Youth Services centers located at its entrance. The Marshall Center is across the street on Sheridan Kaserne. On the north side of town, is the Abrams Complex that houses several offices of the ELR and their employee housing. The NATO School is located in Oberammergau, approx. a 30 minute drive NW.
HISTORY: In May of 1945, the 10th Armored Division captured Garmisch and shortly thereafter, the Garmisch Military Post and the Garmisch Recreation Area (now Edelweiss Lodge and Resort) was established.
Artillery Kaserne, now the Garrison Headquarters, was constructed from 1935-1936 and in 1937 was given the name Krafft von Dellmensingen (KvD) Kaserne. The original intent was to house the German First Mountain Division, although with the start of WWII, this was never realized. From 1944-45, it became a hospital and following the war, it was used as an internee hospital, a POW camp, and US soldier barracks. In 1948 the section of the Kaserne used as a POW camp was returned to the German government. On 14 July 1975, the German Army units, HQ 1st Mountain Division and the Musikkorps 8, relocated to this section, which reverted to its original name. In 1989, the US Army moved many of their offices to include the Command Group onto Artillery Kaserne. The HQ 1st Mountain Division remained until 1992 and now the only remaining Bundeswehr soldiers are those in the Musikkorps.
In 1994 the Garmisch Community was renamed the Area Support Team (AST) Garmisch and in October 2005 the AST was transformed to the US Army Garrison (USAG) Garmisch.
THE EDELWEISS LODGE AND RESORT: The Armed Forces Recreation Centers in Europe have supported U.S. service members and their families with rest and recreation for 60 yrs. Established in the winter of 1945-46, AFRC initiated programs to enhance the morale of war-weary soldiers. In early 2000, the US Army and congress approved plans to consolidate AFRC-Europe and construct a modern resort hotel in Garmisch, the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, which continues the tradition.
THE GEORGE C. MARSHALL CENTER: Sheridan Kaserne is the home of the George C. Marshall Center. Sheridan, originally named Jaeger Kaserne, was constructed in 1937. The US Army first used the installation in 1945 as a POW camp for officers. Over the years, it has been the home of the US Garmisch Military Community, the headquarters and employee housing for AFRC, and the US Army Russian Institute. The need for an institution such as the Marshall Center was conceived with the end of the cold war. In 1991, the European Command began developing proposals to establish opportunities to work with Central and Eastern European defense establishments. As a result, the U.S. Secretary of Defense signed DoD Directive 5200.34 in November 1992 creating the Marshall Center. The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies was dedicated on June 5, 1993. Today, the Marshall Center is a renowned educational institution.
NATO SCHOOL: The barracks complex that houses the NATO school in Oberammergau was built in 1935 and initially used by the 54th Mountain Signal Company, part of the 1st German Mountain Division. In 1945, the US forces found the barracks and re-designed them as an instructional facility. The school has been renamed several times over the years as the focus of the training and education changed. In 2003, the school transferred to the control of the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) and given the present name "NATO School". Germany and the United States Joint Forces Command contribute facilities and logistics support, however, the School's operating budget is highly dependant on tuition fees, thus is essentially self-supporting.
MISSION: The Garmisch community is comprised of three major entities. The George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies whose mission is to create a more stable security environment by advancing democratic defense institutions and relationships, promoting active, peaceful engagement; and enhancing enduring partnerships among the nations of America, Europe, and Eurasia. The NATO School in Oberammergau that conducts courses, training and seminars in support of NATO's current and developing strategy and policy, including cooperation and dialogue with military and civilian personnel from Non-NATO nations. The Armed Forces Recreation Center, the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, who provides a venue of rest, recreation, and conference facilities for active duty soldiers, civilians, retirees, and their families.
POPULATION: The Garrison has a population of approximately 400 permanent military and family members in their footprint. The civilian employees and their families add another 1200 or so. The transient population resulting from the educational programs results in upwards of 10,000 per annum and the ELR guests, approx. 300,000 per annum.
SPONSORSHIP: All incoming personnel to Garmisch and Oberammergau are assigned a sponsor. The intent is to contact individuals prior to arrival, arrange pickup from the airport, assist with in-processing, and ensure assignment of temporary quarters. If you are on assignment and have not been contacted by your sponsor, contact your gaining organization or Army Community Service as soon as possible. It is very important to be in contact with your sponsor early especially if you have school age children and pets.
The Youth Services also has a sponsorship program. For K-5th grade, contact the School-aged Services, SAS, and for 6th-12th grade, contact the Teen Center.
TEMPORARY QUARTERS: Garmisch does not have a billeting (hotel) facility for incoming personnel. Temporary quarters are available for everyone arriving in the community. Your sponsor will need a copy of your orders to arrange for your quarters/BOQ. They are equipped only with loaner furniture but your sponsors will obtain items from the ACS Loan Closet to complete your temporary quarters.
RELOCATION PROGRAM: The ACS has a highly utilized Loan Closet, as every sponsor will equip the temporary quarters/BOQ with basic household items, dishes, pots & pans, small appliances, linens, etc. It is very important that you communicate with your sponsor if you have any special requirements or needs.
MAKING CALLS TO GERMANY: To call Germany from the States, dial the international dialing code, 011, the country code for Germany, 49, the city code, dropping the leading '0' (all city codes within Germany begin with '0'), then the number. The DSN prefix for Garmisch is 440-2XXX or 440-3XXX. The long distance DSN prefix is 314. To access a military phone from a civilian line, the 440-2XXX = 750-2XXX and the 440-3XXX = 750-3XXX. The city code for Garmisch is 08821. When calling from another country in Europe, you must dial the same as from the states except dial 00 in place of 011.
PETS: For entry into all Member (EU) States (apart from Ireland, Malta, Sweden and the United Kingdom) from a third country, to include the United States, animals must be identified by a clearly visible tattoo or by a transponder (a chip implanted in the animals shoulder or ear) and be accompanied by documentation of effective vaccination protection against rabies. Without this, entrance into Germany can be delayed and additional costs incurred. The Dangerous Dog Ordinance also applies. Many breeds are either restricted or forbidden. Contact the Transportation Office or the Relocation Assistance office for more information.
HIGH SCHOOL: Garmisch does not have a DoDDS American High School (grades 9-12). High school age students commute to the Munich International School (MIS). MIS has high academic standards thus acceptance to the school is not automatic. Parents need to be aware that the school will not accept students on an IEP, students with a low GPA, or students receiving other special educational services. Extensive paperwork is required (including transcripts of the student's last three report cards). In addition, tuition-free attendance at MIS is based on the full logistical support of the sponsor. School-aged children of full-time civilian DoD employees who are NOT on a transportation agreement or entitled to a living quarters allowance are NOT eligible to attend MIS at government expense.
Must Know Items
US Army Garrison Garmisch
APO, AE 09053-4515
Phone: 011-49-8821-7503777 (from the States)
Phone: 08821-750-3777 (within Germany)
DSN: 440-3777 (from the States dial '314' prefix)
DSN Fax: 440-3477 (from the States dial '314' prefix)
|Civilian Package Delivery Address
||Breitenauer Str. 16
Army Community Service, GEB. 203
DSN Fax: 440-3477
|Military Mailing (including packages) Address
||Army Community Service
USAG Garmisch, Unit 24515
APO, AE 09053-4515
DSN Fax: 440-3477
See ACS Coordinator
See ACS Coordinator
|U.S. Army Garrison Garmisch
USAG Garmisch Homepage
|USAG Garmisch Street Address
||Breitenauer Str. 16
Garmisch Garrison Manager
Artillery Kaserne, GEB 203
DSN Fax: 440-3477