Monthly Archives: March 2016


Best move possible: Informed advice for PCSing service members

    Rob WielandSmall, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command   The U.S. Army’s Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command provides oversight to nearly half a million personal property moves and seventy-thousand privately owned vehicle shipments for service members, federal employees and their family members. About half of those moves…

March 17th, 2016 Health & Lifestyle, News

March Madness: Reading season at Netzaberg Elementary School

  Kristy Shelly, Netzaberg Elementary School Librarian and Information Specialist   NETZABERG, Germany — When I was eight years old, my elementary school hosted a spring read-a-thon, something schools do to promote reading and recognize Dr. Seuss, whose birthday falls in March. I remember taking my one-paged pledge sheet from neighbor…

March 17th, 2016 News, School News

Grafenwoehr day trip: A wild animal park & palace

By Alexis Tucker   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Have you ever seen a majestic deer up close? Would you like to feed dozens of them in an open field as a palace sits in the background? You can do just that at the Wild Park at Schloss Tambach any day between…

March 15th, 2016 Travel

Environmental Division hosts ‘Experience Spring’ contest

  USAG Bavaria Environmental Office news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — This spring, USAG Bavaria’s environmental division is hosting a contest providing children a fun way to learn more about local plants and animals.   From March 15 – May 24, children ages three to 12 can participate in the “Experience…

March 14th, 2016 Environmental, School News

How to submit feedback, complaints at commissary

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Defense Commissary Agency, or DeCA, which manages commissary stores on military installations around the world, handles customer feedback internally and does not use the DOD Interactive Customer Evaluation system known as ICE.   Commissary shoppers can submit comments — praise, criticism or otherwise — both…

March 13th, 2016 News

Bavaria Health Command goes tobacco-free

  By Kristen Schabert, Bavaria Health Command   VILSECK, Germany — Beginning this spring, Bavaria Health Command and its clinics will become Tobacco Free Medical Campuses. No smoking or tobacco use will be permitted on the clinic grounds, which extends to the parking lots and surrounding areas of each clinic…

March 13th, 2016 Health & Lifestyle

‘Read Across America’ at Grafenwoehr Elementary School

  By Vivian Velez and Tyra Potts in Dr. Hunter’s Fifth Grade Class at Grafenwoehr Elementary School   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — On Wednesday, March 2, the students of Grafenwoehr Elementary School joined other schools across the United States in celebrating Read Across America Day.   Read Across America is an…

March 10th, 2016 News, School News

Marine Corps recruiting visit at Vilseck High School March 21

Marine Corps Recruiting Station Portsmouth, New Hampshire news release   The U.S. Marines will have a recruiting station set-up at the Vilseck High School March 21 for students interested in joining.   For the period of March 13 – 21, the commanding officer and senior recruiter-instructor of Marine Corps Recruiting…

March 9th, 2016 News, School News

Clearance issues in an unclassified environment

  USAG Bavaria Security Office news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany—There seems to be a lot of confusion, questions and vague policy guidance when it comes to clearance revocations and denials.   One issue that comes up frequently is the concern over whether losing a security clearance or being denied a…

March 9th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes

Large number of claimed exemptions leads to high tax bills

By Capt. Jennifer Bryer, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command   Many single Soldiers throughout Bavaria have claimed a large number of exemptions on their federal withholding forms causing them to owe a large debt to the IRS for failing to pay taxes during the year.   The tax centers…

March 9th, 2016 Legal Issues