Author: USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

U.S. Army Soldier Show coming to Grafenwoehr

The 2015 U.S. Army Soldier Show is a high-energy 90-minute live musical that showcases the talents of Soldiers who were selected by audition from throughout the Active-Duty, Reserve and National Guard Army. The production, “We Serve” explores the foundational elements of what it means to serve, in and out of…

September 30th, 2015 News

Understanding how new USPS customs form procedures affect you

By 2nd Lt. Sydney Crutchfield, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The U.S. Postal Service will soon require patrons to complete customs forms online for all packages.   The new procedures — which are expected to go into effect at the beginning of 2016 — are part of…

September 23rd, 2015 News

Troops & families: Take the cost of living survey

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — All Department of Defense Service members stationed at any of the 11 DOD identified locations in Germany, and who have been on station for at least 3 months, are required to complete the 2015 Cost of Living Allowance COLA Living Pattern Survey at www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/lps-germany.cfm.   DOD locations…

September 22nd, 2015 News

How AER policy change better helps Soldiers

Army Emergency Relief is a great program that helps our Soldiers and their Families with unexpected financial emergencies.   Just last year, AER helped 47,117 Soldiers and their families providing $64.8M in no-interest loans and grants. Unfortunately, the number of active duty Soldiers requesting assistance has declined 35% over the…

September 22nd, 2015 News

For the Soldiers, by the Soldiers: 15th Eng. Bn. completes initial construction of ‘Overwatch’ Park

By 2nd Lt. Crutchfield, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Army engineers here completed initial construction of what is soon to be Overwatch Park: a combination of memorials and historical vehicles and equipment positioned adjacent Memorial Park in Grafenwoehr.   First Platoon of the 902nd Engineer Company —…

September 16th, 2015 News

National Preparedness Month: Make a plan today

Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today. September is National Preparedness Month.   Being “ready” is not just a process or a checklist of things to do, but an approach to a whole concept way of conducting deliberate planning and preparation to allow you and others the greatest opportunity…

September 14th, 2015 News

U.S. Army Europe extends benefits to Same-Sex Spouses in Germany

Effective Sept. 9, 2015, U.S. Army Europe is authorized to issue Status of Forces Agreement credentials and command sponsorship authorizations to eligible same-sex spouses assigned to or on orders to Germany.   Military and civilian personnel in same-sex marriages are now authorized to receive the same overseas benefits, entitlements and…

September 13th, 2015 News

New emergency services tool for military families

Washington D.C. — The American Red Cross is launching a new digital tool that gives military families the option to quickly communicate an emergency message from a computer, tablet or smartphone at redcross.org/HeroCareNetwork.   This secure and free service will also let users track the progress of an emergency message…

September 11th, 2015 News

New policy gives Soldiers direct access to AER

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia – Army Emergency Relief announced a policy change that will allow all Soldiers, regardless of rank, direct access to AER.   This new policy, however, does not affect Soldiers in Basic Training, AIT and Soldiers with less than one year time in service.   In addition, AER financial…

September 10th, 2015 News

New DOD email mailbox size limits starting October

By Army CIO/G-6   WASHINGTON — Effective Oct. 1, the Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA, will enforce existing Department of Defense Enterprise Email, or DEE, Service Level Agreement, or SLA, mailbox size limits, to lower costs and improve efficiency and Outlook start-up times.   Each of the Army’s more…

August 22nd, 2015 News