Monthly Archives: April 2016

Grafenwoehr, Vilseck volunteers honored — lifting spirits, touching lives

  VILSECK, Germany — There are 460 of them among us here on-post and without them we are like a table missing a leg. They are busy at work. In just the last 12 months, they’ve logged 33 years’ worth of man hours. Over 240 on-post organizations currently use their…

April 29th, 2016 News

Netzaberg students weigh job options at career day

    By Netzaberg Elementary School fourth- and fifth-grade students   NETZABERG, Germany — Teachers and students at the elementary school here hosted a career day, which drew in a number of professionals from across the garrison.   The event familiarized fourth- and fifth-grade students from Netzaberg Elementary School with…

April 29th, 2016 News, School News

National Day of Prayer observance May 5 at Tower Barracks

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance which takes place on the first Thursday in May.   The day’s purpose is to provide information on the National Day of Prayer observance and its significance to the United States Army.   The National Day of…

April 27th, 2016 News

The commissary surcharge explained

Defense Commissary Agency news release   FORT LEE, Va. – The commissary surcharge – the 5 percent added to every customer’s bill – is not a tax. That’s just one of several facts about the surcharge that even some of the savviest commissary customers are sometimes surprised to learn.  …

April 26th, 2016 News, Things You Didn't Know

Request legal assistance appointment online in Bavaria

Brought to you by the Seventh Army JMTC Office of the Staff Judge Advocate   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Seventh Army Joint Multinational Training Command, or JMTC, Legal Assistance Offices in Bavaria are now taking requests for appointments online.   Service members and their families can request an appointment from any…

April 25th, 2016 Legal Issues

CID: Automobile hacking—It’s not a myth

  U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command news release   There is nothing quite like the feeling of wheeling down the open road, blazing a path to your destination, streaming tunes on your interconnected entertainment system. You’re in control. But how much control do you really have?   Auto manufacturers use…

April 25th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes

What you can’t send through an APO in Germany, and why

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — DOD personnel with an APO address in Germany are subject to international customs regulations and are prohibited from ordering several products.   According to Andre Hutchinson, USAG Bavaria Customs Inspector, the list of authorized products is determined by German Customs, U.S. Customs, the U.S. Army, the…

April 24th, 2016 News

Elicitation – Don’t be fooled

  USAG Bavaria Security Office news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Be aware of elicitation. It is hard to recognize, easy to deny and has a high potential for irreparable damage.   What is elicitation?   Elicitation is the strategic use of conversation to subtly extract information about you, your…

April 24th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes

Army recognizes Bavaria employees for length of service

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Sixty German and American civilian employees were honored for 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service to the U.S. Army in a ceremony here April 15.   In opening remarks, garrison commander Col. Mark Colbrook highlighted the importance of the civilian workforce in supporting…

April 21st, 2016 News

Do you know the weather risks in Germany?

By Tom Janis, USAG Bavaria Emergency Manager   Do you know the weather risks in Germany? Do you know what to do before or after a natural disaster? Do you know how to help others be a force of nature?   Have you ever walked outdoors, looked up at the…

April 21st, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes