Author: USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

Grafenwoehr Commissary now offers in-store Wi-Fi

DeCA news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Grafenwoehr Commissary, is now offering in-store Wi-Fi access for patrons which began on Monday, 4th January 2016.   Through its Commissary Patron Internet Mobile System, or CPIMS, the Defense Commissary Agency opened customer Wi-Fi access initially in all stateside commissaries and now…

January 6th, 2016 News

Off-post gov’t-leased housing residents asked to submit meter readings

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The USAG Bavaria Housing Office needs your help in conducting its annual utility meter readings for government leased housing.   The utility meters of all government leased housing are required to be read each year to determine the actual usage of electricity, gas, water and district…

December 11th, 2015 Housing, News

USAG Bavaria spouses, dependents can apply for AER scholarship Jan.-May 1

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Army Emergency Relief is accepting scholarship applications for the 2016-2017 academic year from Jan. 1, 2016, through May 1, 2016, at 3 p.m. EDT.   Army Emergency Relief maintains two scholarship programs — the Spouse Education Assistance Program and the MG James Ursano Scholarship Program for dependent…

December 10th, 2015 News

Smart mailers avoid duty on gifts sent stateside

  By Robert Szostek, U.S. Army Customs Agency – Europe Public Affairs   WIESBADEN, Germany – U.S. law imposes a tax on imported foreign goods called duty. For U.S. personnel overseas, that means gifts sent to the States may be subject to this tax.   Foreign-made gifts are allowed duty-free…

December 7th, 2015 News

New portal speeds up workers’ comp claims

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A new web-based application now allows appropriated fund federal employees and their employers to electronically file workers’ compensation forms, as well as upload and track documents to the Department of Labor’s Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation.   The Employees’ Compensation Operations and Management Portal, or ECOMP, allows…

December 3rd, 2015 Legal Issues, News

Enter to win the ’12 Days of Christmas’ contest

Join USAG Bavaria Family and MWR as we celebrate the holiday season with the 12 Days of Christmas contest featuring a daily promotion on Facebook.   Visit the USAG Bavaria Family and MWR Facebook page to enter daily from December 7-18 for a chance to win.   This contest is…

December 2nd, 2015 News

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…

December 1st, 2015 Things You Didn't Know

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…

November 25th, 2015 News, Travel

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…

November 23rd, 2015 News

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…

November 20th, 2015 News