Author: USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

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

What you need to know about the Operation Rising Star competition in Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — IMCOM, Family and MWR Programs is excited to announce the 2015 Operation Rising Star competition, an individual vocal competition that helps demonstrate the Army’s commitment to high-quality programs that support readiness and resilience.   Begun in 2004, Operation Rising Star is a singing competition similar to reality…

August 20th, 2015 News

Understanding who needs to take Level I Antiterrorism Awareness Training

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — If you’ve spent any amount of time in or around the military, you’ve probably taken the DOD’s Antiterrorism Level 1 Training course … many times.   But who’s required to take it? Service members? Family members? Contractors?   Department of Defense Instruction 2000.16 outlines guidance on antiterrorism…

August 17th, 2015 Safety & Security Bytes

‘Online misconduct’ subject to UCMJ

By C. Todd Lopez, Army News Service WASHINGTON — If Soldiers were still unsure of what bad behavior looks like online, the Army clarified it for them in an “All Army Activities” message — commonly called an ALARACT — that went out force-wide last week.   Online misconduct, it says,…

August 7th, 2015 Legal Issues

Vilseck Health Clinic modernization & expansion

VILSECK, Germany — On March 25, 2013, a $34.7 million state-of-the-art Army Medical Home (Patient and Soldier Centered Medical Homes) clinic addition and alteration project was awarded.   This project will quadruple the size of United States Army Health Clinic Vilseck, consolidate offices and scattered health care services from 3…

August 6th, 2015 News

Bringing your pets back stateside

By Robert Szostek, U.S. Army Europe Customs   WIESBADEN, Germany – People moving stateside this summer may take most types of pets with them if they plan ahead. However, endangered species laws prevent people from taking some turtles, birds and reptiles to the United States.   “Dogs must be free…

July 31st, 2015 News

German-American Volksfest: Everything you need to know

Bavaria, you’re invited to the 57th German-American Volksfest at Grafenwoehr’s Camp Kasserine July 31 Aug. 2.   How much does it cost? Entrance into the fest is free. Food, beverages and rides are available for sale.   What can I expect? This is Germany’s largest German-American Volksfest. There will be…

July 22nd, 2015 News