Category Archives: Legal Issues

Tax centers available at USAG Bavaria

  7th Army Training Command Tax Center release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It is coming up on everyone’s favorite time of year – tax season! As always, the 7th Army Training Command Tax Centers will be providing free federal and state tax return preparation and electronic filing services for all DoD…

January 17th, 2018 Legal Issues, News

Exchange partners with H&R Block offering tax preparation service

  AAFES news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — According to a Government Accountability Office study, more than 60 percent of taxpayers are likely to file their taxes incorrectly this year.   To help service members and their families avoid what could be a costly tax mistake, the Army & Air…

January 10th, 2018 Legal Issues, News

How to ship alcohol in your government personal property move

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Over the course of two or three years in Europe, many Soldiers and military families find that building a modest alcohol collection — from regions famous for wine, for example — becomes a part of their experience abroad.   But what happens when it’s time…

October 26th, 2017 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Things You Didn't Know

Claims examiner Edward Pontoon retires after 50 years of service

  By 1st Lt. Zechariah Broring, Rose Barracks Law Center   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 7th Army Training Command legal community celebrated Edward Pontoon’s 50 years of service to the military March 30.   Pontoon, after working as a claims examiner in Germany, officially retires March 31. His 50 years…

April 2nd, 2017 Legal Issues, News

Cuban cigar ban relaxed for US citizens overseas

  By Robert Szostek, U.S. European Command Customs Public Affairs   WIESBADEN, Germany – Persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction may now buy Cuban-origin merchandise, including alcohol and tobacco products, while in a third country for personal consumption.   These products may be consumed while in a third country or imported…

November 1st, 2016 Legal Issues, News

6 ways to avoid problems with your German phone contract

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In her twenty years with U.S. Army legal teams, German attorney Mechthild Benkert says the most frequent issue troubling her DoD clients has not changed. It’s German phone contracts, she says without hesitation.   “I think people automatically assume things are the same in Germany as in…

August 18th, 2016 Legal Issues

You’re the subject of a FLIPL…Now what?

  By Jestyne Martin, Legal Intern at Seventh Army JMTC Office of the Staff Judge Advocate   A FLIPL is a Financial Liability Investigation of Property Loss, as outlined in Army Regulation 735–5 on Property Accountability Policies.   If government property is lost, damaged or destroyed (LDD), a FLIPL will…

July 19th, 2016 Legal Issues

Carry a passport when traveling outside the country

  U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs news release   U.S. Army Europe Office of the Provost Marshal officials want to remind members of the American forces community in Europe to carry their passports when traveling to countries to which they are not assigned.   A common misconception is that European…

July 13th, 2016 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Claims tip: File your notice of loss or damage within 75 days

7th Army JMTC Legal Office news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Now that you’ve PCS-ed here and your household goods have likely arrived, you must provide notice of loss or damage to the moving company, also known as the Transportation Service Provider, or TSP, within 75 days of delivery.  …

June 20th, 2016 Legal Issues

Top 10 things to know about German cell phone contracts

  7th Army JMTC Legal Office news release   1. A German cell phone contract is a legal contract.   2. How long does my contract last? Most German cell phone contracts are for a period of 24 months. Then, most of them automatically renew themselves for 12 months or…

May 17th, 2016 Legal Issues