Monthly Archives: January 2019


Army enacts new parental leave policy

  By Gary Sheftick, Army News Service   FORT MEADE, Md. — The Army has doubled the amount of parental leave available to fathers and other secondary caregivers of newborn infants with a policy that also provides more leave flexibility for mothers.   Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper…

January 31st, 2019 News

Your PCS Guide to USAG Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Time to arrange a yard sale, dig up some sturdy cardboard boxes and begin organizing important paperwork. You’re making a military move across the Atlantic.   Congratulations on receiving orders to Germany! Living in Europe is exciting. And here at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, we have…

January 31st, 2019 News

Community members explore through “Get Into Nature!” hikes

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Some members of the United States Army Garrison Bavaria community may feel like there is nothing fun to do nearby, but lucky for them the USAG Bavaria Environmental Division offers free, monthly hikes located off post around the Grafenwoehr and Vilseck area.   Elaine Freeth, an…

January 30th, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News

Tips for parents: Talk to your child about social media

StopBullying.gov news release   Parents create trust with children by initiating open, honest discussions. These dialogues are an opportunity to communicate values and expectations about your family’s appropriate digital behavior, including viewing or sharing content, and apps they can and cannot use.   Check in frequently with your children about their…

January 30th, 2019 Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Primary Care behavioral health screenings to change at USAG Bavaria clinics

  Ms. Ashley Patoka (Regional Health Command Europe)   SEMBACH, Germany — Army military treatment facilities across Europe will soon see a change in the way behavioral health screenings are completed at primary care appointments.   The Behavioral Health Data Portal is an enterprise-wide web-application that enables standardized data collection…

January 30th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News

Exchange’s BE FIT helps Soldiers keep ready and resilient

  AAFES news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is supporting BE FIT resolutions with health and wellness offerings for Soldiers, retirees and their families at the Grafenwoehr Exchange.   The Exchange has a long-standing history of supporting the wellness of Soldiers and their…

January 30th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News

Official and tourist passports: Why the difference matters

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A small, tightly-wound book with pages primed for international stamps and the promise of adventure, the passport is perhaps the single most important object for smooth and lawful travel across borders.   Two types of passports are important for DOD personnel and families stationed in Germany:…

January 29th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Things You Didn't Know

Army spouse finds fulfillment through skincare home-based business

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Sophia Turner, a military spouse, who struggled with adjusting to stay-at-home mom life, found fulfillment when she created her handmade luxury skincare company called The Willow Tree.      Turner now operates as an official home-based business at USAG Bavaria after founding her business six years ago.…

January 28th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News

BCSC announces spring 2019 grant application dates

  BCSC news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Bavaria Community and Spouses Club is pleased to announce our Spring 2019 Community Outreach Grants application will be open March 1 and close March 31, 2019. The application will be available at our website.   BCSC Community Outreach Grants are issued…

January 27th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News

Expect longer wait times for birth abroad no-fee passports

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Expect longer processing times for no-fee passports processed with Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, according to the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Passport Office.   The USAG Bavaria Passport Office reports that the State Department has changed the issuance facility for no-fee passports for newborns.   Due…

January 25th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Travel