Beaming lanterns, smiles at NES during annual lantern walk

By Sonja Foxworthy, teacher, Netzaberg Elementary School   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Dozens of kindergarten and first grade students, along with their parents and school staff, participated in the 2nd Annual St. Martin’s Day Lantern Walk Nov. 2, 2017 at Netzaberg Elementary School.   One week before the event, NES students decorated their…

Things you didn’t know: How to maximize your TSP contributions in 2016

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Are you an Army civilian employee looking to max out your annual contribution to the Thrift Savings Plan?   Each year the Army Benefits Center-Civilian, or ABC-C, posts TSP contribution charts, which specify the dollar amount an employee needs to contribute each pay period to reach the…

AtHoc delivers emergency alerts to Europe-based personnel

  U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs   WIESBADEN, Germany — Army emergency management offices are making it easier for service members, civilian and contractor employees, and family members across Europe to receive emergency warnings and notifications through its AtHoc mass-warning notification system.   You and your family members can receive…

Latest travel restrictions, travel alerts and security messages

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — As the holidays approach, all DOD personnel should be aware of active travel restrictions and travel alerts in Europe.   You and your family members can receive real-time emergency messages through the USAG Bavaria’s AtHoc Mass Warning and Notification System. The system works through a client…

Army Press seeking Soldiers who write

By Maj. Steven Miller, Army Press   FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas — As the Army’s drawdown continues, promotion rates will likely remain unstable and separation boards and Qualitative Service Program Boards will continue for the near future.   So, when competing for promotion, Soldiers of all ranks benefit from opportunities to…

Language need not be a barrier in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Moving to a new country yields an obvious learning curve, and Germany is no exception. Driving on the autobahn for the first time often warrants a brief word with the Almighty, and seeing the word “Ausfahrt” larger than life will no doubt expel fits of laughter.  …

How to maximize privacy settings on your Facebook profile

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, Facebook remains by far the most popular social media site. As a member of the military, and for family members of service members, it is more important than ever to remain vigilant of operational security (OPSEC).   Sharing…

CFC-O drive extended through Dec. 4

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Your opportunity to give to your favorite charities through the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas (CFC-O) has been extended through Dec. 4.   The CFC-O is the annual workplace giving campaign for the five overseas unified combatant commands.   Since the 2015 campaign kickoff on Sept. 21, the CFC-O has raised more…

U.S. Customs to holiday shoppers: know which products can’t be carried, mailed to U.S.

  By Robert Szostek, U.S. Army Customs Agency – Europe Public Affairs   WIESBADEN, Germany – Some people are just not good at buying the right gifts. While this is often a matter of taste, people new to Europe should note that many items available in Europe may seem like…

Elementary school students get the scoop on beneficial bats

  Story by Christine Fox, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division Volunteer   For many, just hearing the word “bat” sparks thoughts of mystery and fear. Our culture has portrayed bats as blood sucking, shadowy creatures of the night.   But is that a fair reputation for these unique flying mammals? Ask students…

EUCOM implements travel restrictions to France

U.S. European Command has implemented travel restrictions to France that apply to all DoD personnel.     Specifically, unofficial travel to and within France is prohibited.   Official travel and emergency leave travel to France requires approval from the first general or flag officer or Senior Executive Service civilian in the…